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Best of Edinburgh Comedy

By Antonio Casella on 09 Feb 2018

The Fringe must surely rank as one of Scotland’s most inspired exports to the world- better at lifting people spirits than whiskey!

So, The Best of Edinburgh Comedy, comes with a much loved brand. The show does not disappoint.

It opens with host Andrew Stanley. His repartee with members of the audience could be potentially a risky move, but clearly he is an expert at this and he does succeed in getting the audience in the right frame of mind.

The opener of the show proper is Susie McCabe, who looks the part as the rough edged Glaswegian who has lived her life on her terms.

Her comic stories about the conflicts and tribulations of family and relationships, sprinkled with liberal use of expletives, get plenty of laughs.

Her thick Scottish brogue, though on the hand defines her as the authentic Scot, it does make it difficult for the audience to pick up some of the jokes.

My wife is from Glasgow, so I am used to the accent, but even I struggled with some of the lines.

Lisa Casey is not Scottish, but English. We’ll forgive her for that and the audience had an easier time with the language, however her delivery was somewhat tame in places.

I could have done with a louder, more emphatic delivery. It is after all stand-up comedy. For all that she got her fair share of laughs.

Chris Forbes had no problem with delivery. His voice projected well, his manner relaxed and confident and the audience responded with enthusiasm. He is in a ‘mixed’ relationship, his girlfriend being English, so that gave rise to some English-Scottish jokes, which translated well with the Australian audience.

The show’s finale was provided Gary Little. It was a fitting end to the evening. He is a seasoned performer and provided a very humorous stories of what it’s like to be an older bachelor in contemporary society.

Make your way to the Court Hotel to see this show, you’ll have a good time.

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17 Feb 2018
Red Room at The Court
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Antonio Casella

Antonio Casella is an Australian novelist, born in Italy. His published works include the novels Southfalia (Fremantle Press, 1980), The Sensualist (Hodder & Stoughton, 1991) and An Olive Branch for Sante (Yellow Teapot, 2013). Casella has been a recipient of a Writing Fellowship by the Literature Board and served as Writer in Residence at the Australia Council’s Whiting Studio, Rome. Past president of the Dante Alighieri Society of W.A. Chaired several events at the Perth Writers Festival (2008-2014).

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