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[9 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 1,948 views]
Juliet Meyers – Out of the Hutch and the UK

As Juliet Meyers sits across from me as I record a podcast with her, she appears very comfortable just to be simply having a conversation.  This relaxed attitude also translates to her show Juliet Meyers – Out of the Hutch and the UK, which is also a laid back exchange between Meyers and her audience.
Meyers is a talented UK comedienne based in London.  There she has plied her craft in comedy clubs, at charity functions and numerous times at the Edinburgh Fringe.  Her show includes references to job redundancies, …

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[1 Mar 2012 | 2 Comments | 2,490 views]
Fringe Review: Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers – A Celebration In Song

The concept behind Edinburgher Pam Lawson’s Adelaide Fringe show “Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers – A Celebration in Song” is an interesting one. In it, she covers a number of swing standards performed by the dancing duo during their career at RKO, backed by local accompanists on piano and double bass.
Lawson’s passion for the material is clear, and there are times when she hits some great notes in her performance. However, trying to present swing numbers originally arranged for 20-piece big bands in a trio format is a …

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[29 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 4,370 views]
Fuse Festival East – Bands at Tuxedo Cat

Adelaide’s Fuse Festival is one of the largest music industry conferences in the country, with workshops featuring top industry executives, producers and talent. As well as the conference itself, Fuse regularly features a band showcase featuring a number of local and interstate acts. This year was no different, and as part of the Fuse East performances, eight bands played on the main stage at Tuxedo Cat’s new 200 North Terrace venue on the night of Wednesday February 22nd.
I happened to be the audio engineer for Tuxedo Cat on the night …

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[28 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 2,672 views]
Fringe Review: Xavier Toby’s Binge Thinking

Binge Thinking, at the Adelaide Fringe, is an hour-long stand-up routine by Melbourne comic Xavier Toby which covers a range of topics, linked by the tale of a dinner party and props representing “guests” at the event concerned.

Toby is known as a regular performer in Melbourne’s comedy scene who has had reasonable reviews for his work in the past, and the fact that Adam Richard has lent his name to the show as its director at the very least indicates a degree of mentoring from experienced comedic talent.

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[27 Feb 2012 | 3 Comments | 5,676 views]
Bob Slayer Banned! Say “Sayonara Bob” this Saturday!

Bob Slayer is an English comic who has an eminently Fringe-worthy approach to humour. Bob Slayer is the Adelaide Fringe – the outer boundary of it at times… His stand up routines are coarse, rude, outrageous and full of great off-the-cuff gags and spontaneous high-jinks and inebriated carry-on.

Sadly, it seems that Bob has become a little too larger-than-life, with The Austral’s management cancelling his remaining gigs at that venue, leaving this multi-award winning comic (I’ve seen him – he’s hilarious!) stuck for a venue to play.

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[26 Feb 2012 | One Comment | 5,770 views]
Fringe Review: Sound and Fury – Doc Faustus

Sound and Fury are a vaudeville-comedy trio from Los Angeles who have won the “People’s Choice” award at the Adelaide Fringe three times. This year, they return with their latest show “Doc Faustus” – a bawdy satirical reimagining of Christopher Marlowe’s stage play.

Richard Maritzer, Patrick Hercamp and Ryan Adam Wells each take a slightly different role in the show. Richard is the charismatic host who plays characters with more of a “high theatre” approach. Patrick plays the lead role of Doc Faustus, an ambitious yet hapless physician from Abilene, Texas, and gracefully plays the straight man to the high jinks of the other players. Ryan is the musician and singer in the group and, when not performing narrative interstitials between scenes, also ably fills lesser roles.

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[25 Jan 2012 | No Comment | 3,084 views]
Meet The Strangers on Australia Day

If you’re looking for something to do in the evening on Australia Day that doesn’t involve sweltering outdoors, consider heading down to The Gov’s front bar, on Port Road at Brompton.
Adelaide band The Strangers and their guest, talented young vocalist Jordan Sideris, will be rolling out a solid set of tunes in what is starting to become a semi-regular event.  
The Strangers consists of journeyman musicians such as Simon McCullough (guitarist from Frogs in Glass Jars and some-time vocalist), the brothers Braidwood – Jason (drums) and Sean (guitar) who have featured in …