Edinburgh Fringe Review: Revelations, Summerhall - laughter, tears and pin-drop moments
Final thoughts on my first trip to the Edinburgh Fringe or lessons in diverse programming

Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Review: Josh Glanc, Underbelly - good character comedy fun

Good fun with enough laughs to carry it through.

2018JOSHGLA_BLNAt the beginning of Australian comedian Josh Glanc's show Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian I was reminded a little bit of a Green Day gig I went to at the Brixton Academy when the band invited members of the audience up on stage to play.

Here it's only miming to a backing track and the audience members are plucked with that embarrassed awkwardness from the front row but they did throw themselves into it much to everyone's delight, giving Glanc the TV game show host style entrance he was presumably aiming for. 

The audience plays quite a big part throughout the 60 minutes which is a series of sketches rather than stand up.

It is a lively show with music and Glanc plays different characters from different countries - an American football player, René from Europop band Aqua, an Australian cyclist and a Marcel Marceau-style mime artist.

Most hit their mark but there is the occasional miss, usually when the punchline isn't quite strong enough for such a lengthy setup.

That said there are some good slow burn jokes, particularly one involving a dead fish and the Aqua sketch is a corker.

Josh Glanc's Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian is good fun with enough laughs to carry it through.

See him at Underbelly, 17.30, until August 26.

The rest of my fringe stuff:

Revelations - laughter, tears and pin-drop moments

Blackout - a difficult watch but darkly funny

The Fishermen - richly-drawn, gripping narrative

Angry Alan - Powerful irony at play.

You Only Live Forever - comedy stuffed with witty one-liners and silliness.

Queens of Sheba - the most emotional I've felt at the Fringe.

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