Last night I made the trek through to Edinburgh on a school night for the rare opportunity to see Adam Buxton’s Bug show in Scotland. Although I was feeling the effects today, it was well worth it.
I am a big Adam Buxton fan. I’m also a huge music enthusiast, and I enjoy interesting music videos. So Bug is more or less the perfect show for me.
I last saw Bug at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011. It probably made me laugh more than anything else in recent years. I have since enjoyed the TV show, which is basically a condensed version of the live show, and is a good introduction to the concept.
It is a very unconventional show though. Ostensibly, Bug is a celebration of the medium of music videos. But much of Adam Buxton’s routine is tangentially, if at all, related to music videos.
As such, the show is a mixture of serious appreciation of art and ludicrous humour. So it’s interesting to gauge the reactions of fellow audience members. I overheard a lot of conversations where people liked one aspect of the show, but were less enamoured of another.
Fans of Adam Buxton that aren’t so geekily into music videos will find the core of the show boring. But some music aficionados in the audience might not see the appeal of Adam Buxton’s “bits”.
The show began with a hysterical song about Scottish accents, a great throwback to a classic moment on his BBC 6 Music radio show with Joe Cornish. Before long, there was hushed silence as we began watching ground breaking music videos.
Adam Buxton’s material was peppered throughout the evening. This particular show contained a lot of David Bowie inspired skits. These were absolutely brilliant, and hopefully they will appear on YouTube soon enough.
But as usual with Bug, the main attraction was Adam Buxton’s unique look into the murky world of YouTube comments. Adam Buxton is the world’s foremost miner of the comedy gold to be found in the depths of YouTube.
If you hadn’t seen it, it would be difficult to believe how Adam Buxton could add value by reading out other people’s content in silly voices. But he has it down to a fine art. It’s the details that count, from the perfect silly voices to pronouncing the spelling mistakes. It underlines the crazy world of YouTube comments perfectly.
Bug might be not be everyone’s cup of tea. But I think it is brilliant. If a Bug show ever comes near you, I would recommend you go along.