Instant Sunshine

David Barlow, Peter Christie and Alan Maryon Davis

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Last Show: Friday 4 th January 2019

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Instant Sunshine is a unique musical comedy team that has been entertaining audiences for years with their particular blend of humorous, witty songs and hilarious routines. They take a sideways look at every day life in a beguiling and very funny style all their own. They have played at festival, and theatres throughout the UK and also delighted audiences on their travels around the world to New Zealand, Bermuda and Hong Kong. In New York they have played in Greenwich Village and even impressed the New York Times reviewer. They performed at the Edinburgh Fringe again last year and had a sell out anniversary concert at the Cadogan Hall, London with the release of a brand new  album '50 Not Out'.

“Their sound is reminiscent of Tom Lehrer and traditional comedy with lovely harmonies and witty one liners that had the audience giggling throughout ... This old school group has a lovely way with words, dazzling their audience with their witty, fast paced, tongue twisting lyrics”

Troy Holmes **** Broadway Baby (Edinburgh Fringe 2013)

Best known for their long association with BBC Radio’s Stop the Week, Instant Sunshine’s unique and original humorous songs, laden with self-parody, have delighted audiences at home and abroad for decades. As a musical comedy team they have been described as brightening up the dullest of days with their timeless entertainment.

They play regularly at festivals and theatres throughout the United Kingdom and have delighted audiences on their travels round the world to New York, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Bermuda where they returned for the Millennium Festival. On their first appearance to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe over 30 years ago they were voted Hit of the Fringe and return regularly to this wonderful carnival to savour the delights and meet old friends. One year a collection of comedy shows called The Lunatic Fringe transferred to London’s West End for a season and Instant Sunshine took part in this.

Instant Sunshine have written and performed many signature tunes for a variety of radio and television programmes including Oneupmansip, One is Fun, Money Box, Constant Hot Water, and for their own series of Jackanory. There have been several Instant Sunshine series on BBC radio and a number of these recordings are in the BBC archive and have been included on BBC compilation CDs. Also a number of these programmes are played regularly on BBC radio 4 extra.

It was the long association with the BBC Radio’s Stop the Week that gave Instant Sunshine the opportunity to reach a wide audience but it is in their live concerts that their talents are fully appreciated both in cabaret and in theatre concerts. They enjoy the intimate venues particularly but have had audiences in the Albert Hall singing along in Christmas concerts and a packed house at Chichester Cathedral shouting for more.