Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead

1st Aug 2018 - 26th Aug 2018

Pleasance Above - Pleasance Courtyard


Suitable for ages 14 and above


The multi award-winning Fringe cult hit is back. Rev up the Delta and come on a trip to a cabin in Tennessee, to witness the classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis Presley.

Best Show: Leicester Comedy Festival 2017.
Best Musical Show: Leicester Comedy Festival 2017.
Best Newcomer (nominee): Edinburgh Comedy Award 2017.
Award for Comic Originality (winner): Malcolm Hardee Awards 2017.
Outstanding Show (winner): Amused Moose Edinburgh 2017.
Best Performer: Comedians' Choice Awards Edinburgh 2017.

'Twisted genius' **** (Sunday Times).
'Very funny' ***** (
'Genius' **** (Fest).

‘The Elvis Dead’ is an audio/visual mash-up concert show, telling the story of Evil Dead 2 through the classic songs of Elvis Presley, and a love letter to both. It’s a multi award winning Edinburgh Fringe cult hit.

Every now and then an idea strikes that seems extremely absurd and yet at the same time bizarrely fitting. A tribute concert to the sequel to the ultimate in gruelling terror… and the King of Rock‘n’Roll is such an idea; incredibly original, brilliantly executed, and encapsulating the spirit that permeates the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Elvis Dead enthralled Deadheads and Gracelanders alike, winning over lovers of one, and haters of both. It was the late-night CULT HIT of the Fringe, with punters queuing round the block to nab a seat at the midnight show.


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like a one-man Rocky Horror Show
The Telegraph
THE cult hit of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.. bloody good fun!
4 stars
Kemp has an incredible voice. Many think they can do an Elvis impersonation but Kemp really can, belting out the tunes that oh so familiar baritone
4 stars
It’s a mind-bending, very funny and extraordinary performance - and you never stop laughing at the crazy juxtaposition of it all. It’s a glorious celebration both of horror movies and of Elvis Presley. It is totally ludicrous but somehow, wonderfully, it is all done with love
5 stars
Beyond the Joke
As Kemp convincingly goes the full Bruce Campbell to physically contort and exhaust himself on stage in the service of comedy horror, juggling cardboard chainsaws, plastic shotguns and blood spray bottles, it’s impossible not to be on board with every groan-worthy lyric, every shonky piece of 'acting', and even every accidental break in character. The tunes are classic. The film is a classic. And this execution is so filled with love and joy that only a deadite would fail to be entertained. Hail to the King
4 stars

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