Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Diary of a Dating Addict, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray.
With 30 fast approaching and all her friends getting engaged, Maddy Anholt takes to the internet in a bid to find the perfect man. He should be intelligent, loyal, funny, kind, creative, tall, good looking, charming, have the ability to cook, his own car… surely if she goes hard at it for a year, she’ll find him?
That’s the set-up for this show, in which Anholt introduces us to four of the men she’s not actually become engaged to in her “year of dating and hating”. There’s the obnoxious City trader, the nervous Australian, the rapping teenager and the South African bodybuilder. They may have been lousy dates, but they’re good comic company as Anholt inhabits them with considerable skill.
We’ve had a lot of online dating shows at the Fringe over the years, but a sharp, funny script and fine timing make this one of the better ones. Anholt is a comedian of some talent – and a pretty good rapper to boot.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 14 August 2015
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