‘The Hedgehog Dilemma’, nominated for best show at the 2012 Melbourne Comedy Festival, is an extraordinarily uplifting hour about alcoholism and a last-minute wedding cancellation. Such brutally honest confessions could be self-indulgent and uncomfortable to watch when divulged by a lesser performer, but Felicity Ward, an ebullient Australian, radiated charm from the outset. She revealed her darkest secrets with a confident grin and tongue planted firmly in cheek, and the audience were mesmerised by her wry and sparkling commentaries. This thoroughly entertaining show has received glowing reviews from an array of publications, and deserves to be one of the runaway successes of the Fringe. Book your ticket sooner rather than later – this is cathartic comedy at its finest.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 1–27 Aug (not 13), 10.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Joseph Fleming]