Comedy in a small venue is something I tend to avoid; the proximity to the comedian allows ample room for embarrassment and awkwardness. Thankfully, Anne Edmonds blazed through any fears with this energetic performance in her Edinburgh Fringe debut. Anecdotal songs and quick wit carried the audience through the story of how she came to be a comedian, which weaves self-deprecating humour with brilliant impressions of those she had encountered on her journey. There were a few moments when the jokes fell flat: one about anal sex in particular was better suited for a late night audience, and even then would probably be unnecessary. All in all though, a very engaging performance, and a great way to start the day.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 1-27 Aug, 12.10pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [India Doyle]