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Adelaide Fringe ’19 Review: Anthony Jeselnik


Adelaide Fringe ’19 Review: Anthony Jeselnik

Alessia Scriva

After watching Anthony Jeselnik’s latest Netflix stand-up‘Thoughts and Prayers’, it was hard to know what to expect from his latest performance. Being advertised as an “all-ages” show, I wasn’t sure whether we would see the dark comedian in his truest, most outrageous form. However, I was wrong, and this was definitely not an “all-ages” show – do not bring your kids!

New York-based stand-up comedian Jacqueline Novak warmed up the crowd to open the show, with a long list of none other than penis jokes (it was at this point, that I was first suspicious about the whole “all-ages” thing).

By the time Jeselnik came out on stage, the crowd was itching for a really good laugh. Opening the show with “the greatest joke of all time” as he likes to call it, he had the audience in the palm of his hand from the get-go.

Joking about every sensitive topic you could possibly name, some of Jeselnik’s best jokes of the night touched on dropping babies, murder-suicide and racism, before finishing the night with a fifteen minute story about taking his friend to an abortion clinic. Despite the touchy-subjects, he had the crowd in stitches, and just when you thought each joke was over, he look a left turn to a new type of brutal.

You have to commend his showmanship, he struts around the stage cool, calm and collected – spiting crude comments as if it was no big deal, adding an extra element of hilarity. Although he is known for his dark and appalling jokes, his silky smooth wit still manages to catch you off guard in a hilariously brutal way. 

 Although I highly recommend the show to anyone who is looking for a stomach clenching, eye watering laugh, this one is definitely not for anyone who is easily offended.

Star rating: 4.5/5