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Hailing from sunny Australia, the two stand-ups Eric Hutton and Ben Ellwood entertain the audience with not so sunny stories on subjects ranging from manual labour to a mother who believes that the film ‘Valkyrie’ is in fact a documentary. ‘Best of the Sh*ttest’ is, however, a title that fits this well – not because the show isn’t particularly funny, but because of the self-deprecating humour from both comedians, with Hutton’s laid-back interaction with the audience working particularly well, even though Ellwood’s slightly more intellectual approach seems to baffle some audience members. With promises of different material being used over several days, this is one of the better free fringe shows, and is definitely far from being “the sh*ttest”.
Laughing Horse at The Hive, 5 – 28 Aug (not 15,16,17,18), 2.40pm (3.40pm), free, fpp72.
tw rating 3/5