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Matt Berry - Wolverhampton Civic Bar 17th February 2007   Print  E-mail 
Written by Christopher Lloyd  
Sunday, 23 March 2008

Written by Christopher Lloyd.

18th February 2007

If you’re wondering who Matt Berry is, chances are you’ve seen him on many fine comedy works over various TV channels here in the U.K.

Matt has played roles such as ‘Dixon Bainbridge’ in the first series of ‘The Mighty Boosh’, Todd Rivers’ in ‘Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place’, as well as both appearing in, and co-writing ‘Snuff Box’ with fellow Booshist Rich Fulcher. Matt also has written music for the afore-mentioned programmes, and released two albums, the latest of which, ‘Opium’, for which this tour is to promote.

Live, this was definitely a proper music gig as opposed to a comedy event. Sure, some of the lyrical content is downright hilarious, especially when heard through Berry’s booming voice, a voice you could imagine as perfect for audio books, but it was pure gig. Track after track, Matt, backed by Jonas 3, brewed up a veritable banquet of MOR funk, and 70’s rock, all in a fun way, without ever coming across as kitsch or clichéd.

Once the gig finished, and whilst not in full-on interview mode, I collared Matt backstage for a bit of a chinwag. We discussed how the responses to this, his first music tour have been. It seems they’ve all gone down fantastic, which I can agree with after watching the sell out Civic bar’s response. Due to this response, Matt has decided to play some more gigs in May, including one in Birmingham. TV wise, he will be appearing in series two of ‘The I.T Crowd’, appearing as the son of Chris Morris’s character. Films are also on the agenda for Matt. There is talk of a Garth Marenghi film, though this is still just that, talk, but there is a leading role in the upcoming horror film ‘The Devil’s Chair’.


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