One of the best things about the Adelaide Fringe festival has to be the range of top quality comedy acts on display. My favourite picks for 2013 are:
1. Best of the Fest Late Show- This has become a late-night Fringe institution at the popular Governor Hindmarsh hotel. Featuring the best stand-up comics the Fringe has to offer; unplugged, unscripted and unrehearsed. Features three top international/local acts plus a compere who is very funny as well, this is a great night out at a very reasonable price.
2. Jimeoin- If you like your comedy clean, charming and witty, this internationally recognized stand-up comedian from Ireland is a must-see. A sublime observational comic, Jimeoin can create laughs out of even the most trivial, insignificant things. A smooth stand-up who loves the silly and surrealistic.
Jimeoin stars in his latest offering: What? Image courtesy James Penlidis..
3. Theatresports- This year called the '2013 Theatresports Clash', this is a great way to truly appreciate comedy- improvised on the spot with no script or rehearsals! You can see some of the best performers of the festival compete in this high energy mix of theatre and stand-up in which almost anything goes. Opposing teams perform scenes based on audience suggestions; singing, dancing, miming or doing whatever it takes to gain audience approval and avoid the Hanging Judge's elimination horn. I saw 'Sound and Fury' blitz the opposition at this a few years ago, and later checked out their own show, which was very funny.
Theatre sports presented by Impro-NOW. Image courtesy website.
4. Sound and Fury- The manic energy of these American vaudeville performers is infectious! They send up famous plays and movies with sillyness, slapstick and irreverent humour. Three time winner of the 'Peoples choice award ', Sound and Fury are actually bringing three shows to the Fringe this year; 'Dirty Fairy Tales', 'Hamlet & Juliet' and 'Testaclese & ye Sack of Rome!'. I have seen two of their previous shows 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Spaceship Man' and really enjoyed their punchy, creative humour, comic timing and chemistry.
Richard Maritzer is one third of 'Sound and Fury' who perform with great wit and panache. Image courtesy of Sound and Fury website.
5. Tom Gleeson- Star of Good News Week, The 7pm Project and Thank God You're Here, the tall, wiry thinking man's comic returns with his new show called 'Hello bitches'. I saw his show last year and he was excellent. With his biting observations on life and razor-sharp wit Tom even makes himself laugh!
The Adelaide Fringe is open from the 14th of February to the 17th of March 2013. You can purchase tickets online at FringeTix or from the booth in Rundle Mall. Also worth seeing: Best of British, 1 man debate with Simon Taylor, Bulmers Best of the Edinburgh Fest, Arj Barker.