Review: Dead Cat Bounce in Howl of the She-Leopard | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Musical comedy group Dead Cat Bounce return to Australian shores this year, a member lighter but no less funnier, with their newest hard rock show Howl of the She-Leopard (a title they came up with by using a pretty damn accurate ‘rock concert name’ formula).
There’s as much comedic talent as there is musical with this trio on stage, and it’s easy to imagine that they could comfortably lay a claim to both.
For those who have seen dead cat bounce previously, a few classic songs made a welcome return, such as Rugby and Christians in Love.
Not to be outdone are some great new (and bizarre) tunes – themes explored include gay penguins, comparing women to wine, kayaking, not to mention an opening number which wonders why the Chinese always seem to be trying to smuggle food into Australia on Border Security.
While between songs their material was a hit and miss affair, this was only a minor point – their songs are full of melodic and lyrical wit, and as a bridge from one to the next they worked fine.
As close as this is to a rock concert (albeit with the audience seated) Dead Cat Bounce is a great hour of comedy. Their lyrics stretch beyond logic, and they display a fair bit of talent with their instruments – never before have I seen a bass guitar held under the chin and successfully played like a violin.
At the very least, their impressive pants alone are well worth the ticket price.
Dead Cat Bounce in Howl of the She-Leopard is on at the Trades Hall, Tuesday – Saturday 9:45pm, Sunday 8:45pm until April 22nd.