a short site about The Divine Comedy

Comedy King's A Divine Ruler


Music's most eccentric arsitocrate may have been nursing a sore throat and forgetting lyrics but no one who was hanging onto Neil Hannon's every note seemed to care or notice.

Opening with a jazz-soaked Vince Guaraldi number, Hannon and his merry men swiftly discharged a bizzare boogie-woogie version of the Pixies' hit, Planet of Sound.

The Comedy played with ridiculous ease and flexibility - sometimes shifting from one instrument to the next during songs - and offering plenty of hilarious schmaltz into the bargain.

And the unexpected arrival of gold-suited, arched eyebrowed comedian Lenny Beige on stage to belt out National Express was worth the ticket price alone.

Barry Gordon
Sunday Mail 18/08/2002