The idea of seeing Super Hans live is a dream to me. He is the single greatest sitcom creation in history. Peep Show would not be the same without him, and as an insane fan of the series, I jumped at the chance to get a ticket to see the drug addicted musician live.
It’s such a bizarre concept. A side character in quite a niche sitcom goes on tour. What will it be? A comedy set or a DJ set? In the end it wasn’t really either, and became a mix of hilarity, a really varied music set, and a mad night out. The crowd were clearly all massive Peep Show fans like me, and when Hans finally strutted on stage like Liam Gallagher, the place erupted. Suddenly Red Stripes went flying as Matt King melted into his most famous role in television. Then, the laughter came, because you can’t help but laugh at the funniest guy in history as he prats around in his fur coat.
And, it’s interesting, because where does Super Hans start and Matt King end? About 5 minutes in, it didn’t matter. No longer was it about fitting the gig into some contrived category, but an utter chaotic triumph. A remix of ‘Lets Dance’ by Bowie played and it was like being in a rave, never have I heard such a heavy version of that song. I mean credit to the actual musicians here, especially the DJ bouncing behind the front man, who dropped banger after banger. Not to say King didn’t do anything, it was just more about being the character for him. At one point pretending to play the guitar opening to ‘Fools Gold’ by The Stone Roses, before throwing it to the side a few seconds in to continue to float about.
Effectively, it evolved into a blend of a stage play with a bassline, with King getting more and more involved with the people gleaming up at him. The crowd being amazing, with mosh pits forming, chants beginning, and the shouting of ‘This is Outrageous’ was always followed by the shouting of ‘This is Contagious’. What more can I say about a brilliant experience. Peep Show fan or not, there is no way anyone would not find joy to bouncing around to Super Hans. He is a hero of the millennials, myth, a legend, and this tour will answer no questions, but will certainly raise a few heartbeats.
Side-note: After this, me and my flatmate went to a club in Newcastle called ‘theCUT’ which had it’s indie night on, also pretty cool.