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The 'Best of the Fringe Early Show' opened the Perth FringeWorld Festival 2020. It was hosted by popular comedian, Dan Willis, whose own show 'Australia: A Whinging Pom's Guide' aired straight afterwards.

The 'Best of the Fringe Early Show' showcases seven comedians who are playing at the 2020 Fringe Festival, giving you a taste of their humour before committing to buy a ticket their full show. In order of how much I liked them (the first listed being my favourite), the comedians are listed below with details about their shows.

Joe White
Originally from Ethiopia, Joe White, whose real name is unpronounceable, told jokes mainly about Africans and the racism he has experienced since coming to Australia. He's a very funny man who gets the audience involved.

His show, 'Joe White Ethiopian and Still Not Hungry' is on at Butterfly 73 in Northbridge on 17-18, 24-25, 31 January and 1, 8, 14-15 February at 7pm.

Joe White, Best of the Fringe Early Show, Perth, Fringe World 2020, comedy
Joe White

Leo Kearse
Hailing from Scotland, Leo started his routine by slagging off the Scottish diet and their penchant for drugs. He finished with a popular joke about trying to find a password that fits all of the ever-evolving rules for password creation.

His show, 'Transgressive' is a candid account of sex and censorship, ripping into political correctness, environmentalists and wokeness (whatever that is). It's on at Casa Mondo, Yagan Square on 17-25, 27-31 January and 1-2 February at 9.10pm.

Amos Gill
Amos is an experienced Australian comedian now based in Los Angeles. His jokes covered politics relating to the recent bushfires, and the model who has been sending nude photos of herself to raise money for bushfire aid. He also compared the Millennial generation with Baby Boomers, to the amusement of the mainly Baby Boomer audience.

His show, 'Amos Gill: Ruins' is about the Empire collapsing and the world imploding. You can catch it at The Black Flamingo, The Ice Cream Factory in Northbridge on 17-27 January at 9.20pm.

Amos Gill, Best of the Fringe Early Show, Perth, Fringe World 2020, comedy
Amos Gill

Rory Lowe
Rory is another Brit who has been living in Australia for 15 years. The world can be a dangerous place and his routine mainly included jokes about being scared, his main fears being Maoris and love. He also had a few funny observations about Australian sayings.

His show, 'Rory Lowe -Chill Bill' is on at The Stables Bar, Perth on 21-22 January and 4-6, 8, 11-12, 14-15 February at 7pm and on 7 and 13 February at 8.30pm.

Rory Lowe, Best of the Fringe Early Show, Perth, Fringe World 2020, comedy
Rory Lowe

Luke Benson
Originally from Newcastle in the UK, Luke is now based in Melbourne. At 6 feet 7 inches he is classed as a giant and a lot of his jokes were about his height and the challenges that presents.

His show, 'Benson's Brexit', details his move to Australia for love and the Brexit debacle in the UK. It is showing at the Aberdeen Hotel, Northbridge on 17-19, 21-25, 28-31 January and 1-2 February at 8.45pm.

Luke Benson, Best of the Fringe Early Show, Perth, Fringe World 2020, comedy
Luke Benson

Nadia Collins
Nadia, the only female and one only two Australian comedians in the show, mainly told jokes about being single and got the audience to participate.

Her show 'The Bride' is a physical comedy rather than stand up. Her idiotic, Kafka-inspired routine follows a bride's transformation from a maniacal hen's night to the place where cockroaches hang out. As you've probably guessed, it's not a normal wedding. It's on at The Blue Room Theatre, Northbridge on 4-8 February at 7pm.

Nadia Collins, Best of the Fringe Early Show, Perth, Fringe World 2020, comedy
Nadia Collins

Randy Valario
Randy is a 36-year-old comedian from Los Angeles and most of his jokes were about cannabis or gay sex. As well as having to cope with the different sense of humour between the US and Australia, he seemed to have based his jokes on the venue being LGBT friendly, and in doing so misjudged the demographics of his audience. Details of his show at the Fringe Festival do not seem to be available.

The comedians appearing in the 'Best of the Fringe Early Show' change every night so if you go several times you will see different acts. It's upstairs at The Court, Northbridge on 17-18, 20-31 January and 1-14, 16 February at 6.15pm.

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When: 6.15pm
Where: The Court, 50 Beaufort Street, Perth
Cost: $15-$25
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