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“Is stand-up comedy doomed?” asked Stuart Jefferies in an article recently published in The Guardian Australia. The answer is definitely ‘no’, not at FRINGE WORLD.

Stand-up comedy is the backbone of Fringe and the public is lapping it up. Monday nights are usually deadly quiet in the city, but last night the Court Hotel was buzzing.

The Red Room was crammed with an audience eager to be entertained by the artists of the Best of Edinburgh. And they weren’t disappointed.

The show was opened by the boisterous Davies, who did what an act opener is meant to do: introduce the comedians, warm up the audience, establish the tone for the evening.

The staples of stand-up comedy: coarse language, sexual jokes, outrageous stories, self-deprecating jokes and audience involvement were all there.

Leo Koarse brought to the stage his pleasant Scottish tones lanky appearance. He made good use of the latter with plenty of reference to size and function of his genitalia, and didn’t the audience love it! His joke comparing difficult urination to a percolating coffee machine drew deserved applause.

Stand-up comedy is difficult enough to do successfully but George Zacharopolous had a couple of extra difficulties to overcome: an unpronounceable name and a Greek accent. He overcame both brilliantly.

His impish face won over the audience from the first joke. His timing and use of pause after a delivery were masterful. Comedy is a great vehicle for having a dig at society’s foibles.

George sent up the myth of the laid-back Aussie, with some great jokes about the absurdity of Australia’s paranoid entry security.

Closing the show was another true-red Scot, Raymond Mearns, who turned his imperfect body-shape to great advantage with some well-aimed, self-disparaging jokes and suggestive body thrusts.

The audience were finally treated to an impromptu strip by a seriously toned Adonis plucked from the audience, supposedly randomly (but I doubt it), and delighting the mostly female spectators in the Red Room.

Do yourself a favour, leave the dreary suburbs and take yourself to the city to catch a comedy Fringe act.

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Antonio-Casella

Review by Antonio Casella on 23 Jan 2019

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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