Being human is a constant struggle between defining ourselves as individuals and trying to fit in with “the group”... Phil Johnson, who has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, uses comedy and music to dissect that dilemma in both his own life and others.
Roadside Attraction comes from leader Phil Johnson's twin careers in music and comedy. "The idea here is songs that are musically interesting and challenging, but also funny, and understandable by a casual music listener," says Johnson. It's more eclectic than Stephen Lynch, funnier than Prince, and more palatable than Frank Zappa, though influences of all three abound.
Phil Johnson, like everyone else, sometimes gets it and sometimes wonders what the heck people are thinking. On stage his playful humor and likeable, endearing manner allow him to shake things up without antagonizing the audience. In the end we can only be who we are, try to understand others, and hope they understand us.