CREDENTIALS: South Australian musician and comedian David Scheel holds a degree in languages and a concert diploma on the piano.
CREDENTIALS: South Australian musician and comedian David Scheel holds a degree in languages and a concert diploma on the piano.

Perfect match of comedy and music

A RUNAWAY success in London's West End, Edinburgh Festivals, the Melbourne Comedy Festival and across the USA, Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player is coming to Lismore in March.

David Scheel said the show was a hilarious send-up of classical music, which has established him as the successor to the legendary Victor Borge.

"The show will be something different, because it's a show for music lovers and also for people who like comedy," he said.

"I am a classical pianist, but not all the music is classical, some of it is much lighter and very approachable.

The musician said the musical fun he performs in a number of many accents has also been compared to performances by the late Robin Williams, and the style of the late English actor Peter Ustinov.

"Some of the comedy makes fun of music in a way (that's) similar to what Victor Borge used to do, and for younger people, some of the comedy is quite satirical. I am having a go at Donald Trump at the moment... who isn't?!

"Rather unusually for a comedian, my comedy is completely clean, I don't use any bad language at all.

It is only Mr Scheel on stage with his piano for the two-hour show, as it has been for the past 25 years.

The show offers musical feats such as Mr Scheel playing two famous pieces simultaneously, plus his 'translation' of the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda.

"(The repertoire) is quite a mixed bag," he said.

"At one point I play a piece by Bach with one hand and a piece by Andrew Lloyd Webber with the other hand, ... put together as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

"I play some rather flashy Spanish music, the Flamenco from La Vida Breve (opera The Brief Life) by Manuel de Falla, it's my own arrangement of it in a very fiery piece."

"I also play quite a few of my own compositions, which people love.

"I normally have some CDs for sale after the show, one of which are my own compositions. That CD outsells the other four put together; the audience just loves my music, in particular a piece called The Dance of the Bird, which is easily my biggest hit world wide.

Mr Scheel said The Dance of the Bird was part of a suit he premiered a decade ago.

"People would not let me finish a show without playing it."



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