Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Abnormally Funny People, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
There is an ever-changing bill of funny here in the Yurt, with four variously disabled comics and a token non-disabled performer.
Steve Day opened the first night I was there with a storming set, absolutely ripping into his flatmates (and co-performers). You want politically incorrect then come along here. Day is ferociously funny.
Tonight it is another deaf comic, Theresa Farlow, who opens an impressive bill of Lost Voice Guy, Tanyalee Davis and Caro Sparks who is another deaf comedienne. I know. You wait years for a deaf comic and then …
Theresa has some great lines. Lost Voice Guy is terrific. He explains how he chose his voice, bemoans the problems of life at the mercy of auto-correct and his “audience banter” section is brilliant.
Mark Maier is the token able-bodied person but partially incapacitated as he has, he tells us, been drinking since noon.
New girl to the party is Caro Sparks and she lives right up to her name. Highlights of her set include finding out British Sign L anguage for c***and an unforgettable, fabulous signing version of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights. I have never liked that song. Till now.
There is an improv section. You know improv… audience shouts out ideas… cast react… one guy communicating through an iPad and two deaf women. A uniquely hilarious experience.
Tanyalee Davis is a friend of mine. So I will just tell you that during her storming set, three young men in front of me fell off their seats laughing. The entire room rocks with laughter. She is a funny, filthy comedy wendypowerhouse.
Stand in the Square (Venue 372) until 30 August / listings
Main image: Steve Best
Published in The Scotsman on 27 August 2015
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