Tickling the Ivories

A musical romp through a hundred years of comedy song

Following on from his highly successful comedy song revues “By George!” and ‘Quirkish Delight’, actor, pianist, singer and general one-man band Michael Lunts presents this potted ‘history’ of the comedy song, mining the archives from the 1870’s to the 1970’s, from Gilbert and Sullivan to Tom Lehrer, from Music Hall to Monty Python.

While offering a fascinating overview of the comedy song, in all its variety, “Tickling the Ivories” is, as its name suggests, first and foremost a musical entertainment, a smile-inducing, laughter-engendering entertainment, as Michael works his way, and his fingers, through ten decades of musical wit. Alongside songs by Noël Coward, Flanders and Swann, Cole Porter and the Gershwins, Michael offers up some less familiar gems from the genre. One man, a white jacket, 88 piano keys and a treasure trove of musical mirth, “Tickling the Ivories” is a show that is guaranteed to tickle anyone’s sense of humour.

Michael in action

Michael is one of the UK’s most widely-travelled and accomplished musical entertainers, working from the piano in both classical music and popular song mediums, acting, singing and playing in shows and plays of his own devising. His knowledge of comedy song is close to encyclopaedic after decades of performance work in musical comedy, in the West End, in regional theatre, in partnership with colleagues Roger Leach and Susan Flannery and latterly, in these days of national austerity, on his own!

For further information about ‘Tickling the Ivories’ and all of
Michael’s other shows, contact Michael on michaellunts@outlook.com or 07773 741552

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