Musical satire at comedy club

MITCH BENN, the country’s leading musical satirist, is at the Other Side Comedy Club at the Royal Hotel on Saturday.

Award-winning Mitch, a regular on BBC1’s The One Show, is one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit, acknowledged as one of Britain’s best writer-performers of comic songs.

Mitch began his comedy career in Edinburgh in 1994. He moved to London in 1996 and quickly established himself as a comedy-club headliner and a favourite on the university circuit.

He is a regular writer and performer on The Now Show on Radio 4 and It’s Been a Bad Week on Radio 2, and sometimes drops in on Steve Wright’s afternoon show as Elvis.

Three series of his Radio 4 show, Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music, have been broadcast so far.

He also presents The Mitch Benn Music Show on Radio 7.

Apart from his regular appearances on The One Show as the writer and arranger of the Complaints Choir, Mitch has been a regular on BBC1’s Watchdog, performing songs highlighting consumer grievances. He occasionally contributes songs to Channel 4’s Bremner, Bird and Fortune and has appeared on Live at Jongleurs, Today with Des and Mel and Channel 5’s The Comedy Store.

He has just finished a sell-out national tour with his band Mitch Benn and the Distractions.

Other Side promoter Jon Reed says: “With a wealth of material and five studio albums to draw on, Mitch promises to be a musical and comedy treat with a mix of old and new. Classics such as Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now, Happy Birthday War and I’m Proud of the BBC are sure to turn up in an extended set”.

Mitch has been described in the Times as “the country’s leading musical satirist”. The Scotsman praised “Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire”.

Saturday’s show is due to start at 8.15pm.

For full details see the club’s website at