The Best of The Edinburgh Fest is an Adelaide Fringe tradition and has been running for about twenty years. I originally saw it the Governor Hindmarsh many years ago but lately, it has been in the Umbrella Revolution in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. The presenter, Mary Tobin has been in the business since 1986 and was the first to bring some superstars of comedy to Adelaide, like Dylan Moran, Ross Noble, and Arj Barker.
The Best of the Ed Fest is a show where you can see three international up and coming stand-ups from the UK in one night. Often these acts come back to the fringe doing their own show.
First up tonight was Ian Smith who was the perfect first act as he was great at warming up the crowd. He was very skillful at taking his cues from the audience observations and interactions and turning this into laughter. Some of the funniest bits were his reaction to the billowing curtain behind him that was “heckling him”.
Next up was Maisie Adam who by her own admission looked like a tall Lord Farquaad from Shrek (she was going for the Uma Thurman look from Pulp Fiction) Maisie was great. She told us quirky and funny stories about her life and she had a warm sense of humor and her stories about how her epilepsy has affected her life were actually very amusing.
Markus Birdman was the last one on he was very professional. He gave us very funny observations about the differences between millennials and the older generation. His discussion about a stroke that happened to him was both funny and serious at the same time. He was a great end to the night.
If you are going to see this show be aware of a few other very similarly named shows on at this year’s festival.
Fringe Review By Richard De Pizzol
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