Review: Adam Buxton - Bug

If there was a circus for the Facebook generation then Adam Buxton would be the ringmaster.

Once again, the comic returned to Latitude Festival with his show Bug – a mishmash of music videos, animation, Youtube clips and his own video creations.

The concept itself is simple. Armed with little more than a laptop and a projector screen, Buxton unveils his discoveries from the deepest caverns of the internet accompanied by his own wry commentary.

Cue his first hand-picked video: a mind-bending piece of stop-motion animation created for dubstep artists Delta Heavy.

Here, pieces of Connect Four, Scrabble, and Subbuteo move with the beat like levels on a stereo equaliser.

But his video presentations are just a precursor for the true comedy, which comes from people's comments about the videos on Youtube.

What most would dismiss as web tittle-tattle, Buxton lifts into a hilarious back-and-forth argument complete with his take on their characters and voices.

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This alone was enough to pack the Film and Music Arena this afternoon (Saturday July 14) – while dozens continued to queue outside the arena.

At the start of the show, Buxton made an uncharacteristically conservative announcement.

He told the audience that expletives would be kept to a minimum to cater for families, and his own son who was sitting in the wings – this didn't happen.

However, those familiar with Buxton from his days on the Adam and Joe show would be surprised to see him in the guise of a family man.

But one of the golden aspects of his performance came from the moments he shared from his own home videos featuring his children – either dancing to the Prodigy in his garden near Norwich, or starring in a spoof holiday advert.

Meanwhile, those familiar with his show were not left disappointed. Buxton came with extra material especially for the Latitude Festival, while some animation clips provided a sneak preview of Bug's outing on Sky Atlantic later this year.

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