Anthology (Volume 6)

****
4 stars

I don’t think the Fringe would be the Fringe if it weren’t for institutions like Andrew J Lederer. If there were, it would certainly be less entertaining, so I was pleased to go and visit his latest model ‘Anthology Vol 6’ as part of the Laughing Horse Free Fringe and give it a test drive, so to speak.

Lederer always seems to be a laid back chap and I have never seen him more so than on the day I attended, together with quite a few others.

He opened proceedings and generally got people laughing, both at him and to a degree themselves with his own inimitable brand of humour.  He explained that the concept was for comedians to turn up and tell true stories about their lives, not just recycle parts of their show. Lederer has made this tried and tested concept, and it’s one that seems to work well.

The day I attended there were a few stories from Michael Fabbri, who is performing at Stand Comedy Club IV. He was followed a young Geordie by name of Kai Humphreys, who is up in Edinburgh for the ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition at Gilded Balloon, and this lad seems a natural comic to me if his anecdote are anything like his normal set.

The closing act was the legendry Lynn Ruth Miller, who even at 70 something is still doing several shows a day and who told an absolutely charming story of her childhood.

Now this show runs almost every day throughout the Fringe and the line-up changes daily. I thoroughly enjoyed the hour spent and if I get a chance will certainly visit this again.

As part of the Laughing Horse Free Fringe there are no entry fees to be paid, all that is asked is that a donation is made on the way out whatever you can afford.

Geoff

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