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FRINGE: Best of The Edinburgh Fest @ Umbrella Revolution, The Garden of Unearthly Delights


FRINGE: Best of The Edinburgh Fest @ Umbrella Revolution, The Garden of Unearthly Delights

Michaela McGrath

Three of the UK’s brightest up-and-coming comics, handpicked from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, all for the price of one.

Presented by Mary Tobin, Best of The Edinburgh Fest returns to The Adelaide Fringe this season with Lloyd Langford (Wales), Fin Taylor (England) and Jimmy McGhie (England) in tow. Three starkly diverse but equally hilarious comics take to the Umbrella Revolution stage at The Garden of Unearthly Delights for an hour of heckling, laughter and impromptu audience participation.

Taking to the mic first is Welsh comic and recipient of the 2004 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year, Lloyd Langford. Drawing on comparisons between our good ol’ Radelaide and his own hometown of Port Talbot, the seasoned comedian’s perplexed attitude towards our local idiosyncrasies serve as a driving force behind his set. Langford’s positive attitude towards hecklers and anecdotes of camel orgies, fruit smuggling and his hometown’s dedication to arson will have any crowd giggling along.

Second off the bat is the self-professed whitest person in the tent, Fin Taylor, who uses his set as a provocative reflection of white privilege. With political undertones, in-your-face anecdotes and tales from the farmer’s markets, Taylor takes aim at Trump, vegans and the middle class lefties. Combining shock and a tell-it-like-it-is attitude, the comic provides an equally thought provoking and amusing show.

To round off the night, Generation Y’s own Jimmy McGhie discusses gaping gaps between generations and the responsibilities of growing up. An 80’s baby, McGhie highlights his own experiences of walking the line between Boomers and Millennials. His energy clearly reflected in the crowd, the English comedian shows no hesitation to engage with audience members and incorporate them into his set. With an unapologetic fear of parenthood, his exasperation at being inundated with ultrasound photos, and unwillingness to participate in the madness of growing up, McGhie’s set will leave you in stitches regardless of which generation to belong to.  

Three for the price of one is good in our books any day, especially when the line up is jam packed with such internationally renowned talent. Check out the boys at the Umbrella Revolution tent this Fringe season and get your tickets here.


Star Rating: 3.5/5


WHERE? Umbrella Revolution at The Garden of Unearthly Delights

WHEN? 22nd Feburary – 19th March 2017


Header image via Adelaide Fringe Festival

All other images via Ben Neale