Review: Haus of Hans at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival

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Written by Tom Bowden and published in The Advertiser on Saturday 8th June 2019.

There are few people you’d rather have hosting a late night variety show than German wunderkind and all-round naughty boy Hans.

And tonight, in celebration of disco, he’s in fine form indeed, dancing his way around the stage like a man possessed, and insulting the crowd like a silver-tongued fiend. The boy’s gift for banter is really quite something to behold.

As far as entertainment goes, Hans doesn't skimp, giving a polished performance that has him singing, dancing, tapping, and rocking out on both the piano and accordion.

Accompanied by his supremely capable backing band The Ungrateful Bastard, and with choreography tighter than his charming male backing dancer’s hotpants and more costume changes as you’d get at a Katy Perry concert, the giltterous Bioy from Berlin really knows how to turn it on.

And if he wasn’t worth the price of admission alone, there are his special guests which tonight include award-winning cabaret legend Rueben Kaye, in Adelaide for one night only; Paul Cpsis who dazzles with a faithful cover of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, and the irrepressible - and 2019 Cabaret Icon Award-winning - Meow Meow, who song with an amazing vocal display, delivers one of the most memorable crowd-surfing efforts the Cabaret Festival has seen in years.

Sure, the show had a few audio problems, but they may as well have been an ace up his sequinned sleeve with the comedy fodder Hans turned them into.

A dazzling display of true talent that will have you dancing in your seat, Hans might be a fake German, but he’s the real deal.

Andrew Gaul