Have been too busy at Fringe events to log in much since the original post, but it’s interesting to note the usual degeneration into personal abuse…sad really and such a pity that whenever anyone tries to raise the tone a bit there is always someone on hand to lower it again, for whatever reason.
For the benefit of those who are interested in the subject of the original post, these are my recommendations for the best comedy shows so far:
If you’ve ever ended a dysfunctional long term relationship then you will appreciate Felicity Ward’s hilarious account of her experiences. She is a very funny woman (in the nicest possible way) and her show in The Garden of Unearthly Delights is well worth a visit – guys be warned DON’T sit at the front or volunteer to read the part of ‘Dennis’!
Local comedian Mickey D is back from a year in the UK and is fitter and leaner and if possible even funnier than in his Rhino Room days. He takes the audience on a romp through what it’s like to be an ex-lad-about-town-now-trying-to-be-a-responsible-first-time-dad and compares life in the UK Midlands with that in Adelaide. He is such good value for money, again in the Garden of Unearthly Delights at 10pm most nights.
Tom Gleeson is his usual thoughtful and witty self and though not as rollicking a laugh as Mickey D is just as funny.
Mark Butler is an ex-pat Yorkshireman and maths teacher turned stand-up comedian who is back at the Fringe again with a new show about how to spot the signs of someone lying. Anyone who watched the Lie to Me series on TV will recognise where his material comes from. Again, not a show to become a ‘Volunteer from the audience’ in!
A completely different type of comedy (as mentioned by Diane) was on offer with Bob Slayer (The Happy Drunk). Bob is an amiable rambling individual who will pick mercilessly on his audience to provide material for his act, but does it with such a good nature that they can’t help but forgive him. His observations on performing in Coober Pedy and Roxby Downs along with a goat had the audience in tears.
And let’s not forget the ‘Best of British’ shows where four (or more) UK comedians are on stage most nights at the Bull and Bear in King William Street. They use this as ‘shameless plugs’ for their own Fringe shows and, if the ones on stage last night are anything to go by – including our own ex-pat Georgie Carroll – I’ll be booking a few more tickets next week.
I hope this helps to get the original intention of the thread back on course, but before I go I think I need to set the record straight. Yes, I plug Home2Home as many other long term contributors to this forum plug the services they provide to and who genuinely use this forum to help others, whether that is through advertising houses to let, services such as plumbing or carpentry and items for sale. Yes we do run a business but no-one has to buy our services if they don’t wish to. We have always provided tons of free and impartial advice over the years via this forum and our website, whether people choose to become clients or not.
For the record I am not in either of the ‘Love’ or ‘Hate’ Adelaide camps but if someone asks a genuine question I try to give a balanced answer, either on the forum or off it. I also think Adelaide has a lot going for it in terms of culture and I’m sorry if that offends those who aren’t interested in such things. The Fringe is internationally recognised as one of the major festivals for music and comedy as well as the more ‘arty-farty’ stuff, sad that some feel the need to run it down.
As to the subject of where people choose to live, as I said, it is your choice and as long as it is an informed choice you will be happy. Our job at Home2Home is to make sure that people are informed. My reference to ‘Britain-on-sea’ seems to have been taken as a slight on those living in the ’South’. The point I was trying (and obviously failing) to make is that although migrants may be seduced to move a fair way out of the city by lower property prices and the proximity to beaches, there are also downsides to this which may not be immediately obvious, and this goes for anywhere more than a reasonable car journey from the city, whether this is Aldinga, Gawler, Victor Harbor or Port Lincoln. I would have thought this was obvious but have found over the years that it may not be. Many migrants are focussed on the lure of the 4 bedroom house on the beach which, realistically, is unaffordable by most of those coming over under the present circumstances. Better to find that out before you get here.
So, serious stuff over…I hope you enjoy whatever Fringe or Clipsall events you go to see over the next few weeks and that the traffic chaos caused by the city road closures doesn’t make you too late for work! (One of the downsides of living or working near the city).
Well now I’ve put my head above the parapet I fully expect that ‘tall poppy syndrome’ will infect this post again so I hope others will continue to post about what Adelaide has to offer for the benefit of those trying to decide whether to come here or not, and that those wanting to know what is going on will persist through the other posts to get to the helpful ones.