In a nutshell: Bizarre but brilliant.
Popcorn rating: 4.5/5
Bill Bailey doesn’t do much in the way of social comedy – but maybe he should. The Prime Minister and the Pope were among those in his firing line during brief interludes between his random observations and musical wizardry. He had the huge crowd at Liverpool Echo Arena in stitches when he mocked David Cameron for saying ‘we’re all in this together’ when he and his Cabinet chums live in luxury.
Bill also didn’t shy away from controversy when he lampooned the Pope for criticising British society when the same man has been accused of failing to act against a paedophile priest.
The rest of the show saw Bill in more familiar territory by twisting our perceptions on modern music. Hip hop artist Akon’s misogynistic lyrics in ‘Smack That’ were analysed line-by-line before being given a West Country style makeover to eye-watering effect. Then James Blunt’s wet and whimsical brand of guitar music had the same misfortune when Bill attempted to write a song for him.
For long fans of Bill Bailey, there have been moments of frustration in previous tours as he has been known to recycle old gags. But the new tour, Dandelion Mind, was refreshing, featuring completely new material.
One of the best moments was actually when Bill broke down into a fit of giggles when he realised how absurd his ‘job’ is. At the time he was playing Enter Sandman by Metallica on horns. It was bizarre but quite brilliant.