Hairy Soul Man is an original comedy soul music extravaganza, written and performed by Kai Smythe.
Hairy Soul man premiered at the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival and went on to tour to the Melbourne and New Zealand Comedy Festivals. The music video for Loving Myself was nominated best music video at the Byron Bay International Film Festival and received an honorable mention at the International Songwriters Competition. HSM is currently working on a web series due out August this year.
Allow me to open with the following - holy smokes. Hands down this is the best show I have reviewed this comedy festival, and quite possibly also the best show at this year’s comedy festival. Everything about 'Hairy Soul Man' is so feel good that you are guaranteed to leave the show with a massive grin adorning your face. Smythe’s enthusiasm is simply infectious, captivating the audience with an electrifying stage presence. His sexy, sensual, hilarious and charismatic persona radiates through to the crowd. Not only is this show fun and hilarious, but we feel so much better about ourselves. Everything about this show feels so right, it is an absolute must see.
'Hairy Soul Man', we salute you.
YAWP Magazine 2014
You know how some people's talking voices are toned in such a way, it makes you think immediately of a smoking jacket clad, cigar smoking, Alan Rickman lookalike sitting on a leather Chesterfield swirling Jägermeister? And how they could pretty much read the telephone book and all you're doing is closing your eyes and enjoying the experience? Well this Australian act Hairy Soul Man is a little like that. As for Kai Smythe. Ar..ar...ow (that's meant to howling). He is one helluva showman: hella sexy with killa sideburns. He oozes soul and for a whiteman, oodles of swag. He channels James Brown and Elvis Presley in his white jump suit martial arts heyday. He's fantastic.
Theatreview NZ 2014
Herald Sun 2014