Comedy review: Grant Busé: Touché Busé, Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, Edinburgh

Long-haired Australian musical comic Grant Busé has an unenviable problem that he confronts towards the end of his show – the spectre of Tim Minchin which casts a long shadow over his career.

Grant Bus: Touch Bus, Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose (Venue 24)
Grant Bus: Touch Bus, Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose (Venue 24)

Grant Busé: Touché Busé, Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose * * *

More determinedly crowd-pleasing, Busé concerns himself with lower hanging fruit than his countryman and frankly is neither the songwriter, nor has the stage presence, of his more illustrious nemesis.

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But ignore that as you must and there’s enough to entertain here towards the end of the evening. Recently moved to London, the puppyish Busé has had a tough year and is desperately seeking a relationship, his flirtatious overtures in his opening number part of an easygoing rapport that he establishes with the crowd, to the extent of having his own cheerleader for his coveted and hard-clung-to appearance in Neighbours.

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