Presented by: Banajig Pty Ltd
Reviewed 20 March 2021
Move over Aphrodite, Athena, Hera and Gaia, the world has a bigger (haired), hotter, modern day Greek Goddess – Effie.
Hello Good Thanks – Better Out Than In is the hilarious, brand new stage show from Effie. It is a laugh-a-minute tour of Effie’s life over the last 12 months: lockdowns, lack of audiences, lack of beauty treatments, and more.
For over 30 years Effie, the extremely Greek alter-ego of Mary Coustas, has been performing stand-up comedy across Australia. Rising to fame in 1987 in the successful stage show Wogs Out Of Work with Nick Giannopoulos, Effie and Mary have forged their own unique brand of comedy.
The first 40 minutes of Hello Good Thanks – Better Out Than In is a scripted recount of the ups and downs that faced Effie during lockdowns and COVID-19. Effie is still at the top of her game. She is the master of setting up hilarious one liners through expertly written stories. She knows how to land a laugh. However, it’s the last 20 minutes of the show that really shows why Effie is the queen of stand-up comedy. Effie interacts with members of the audience, asking questions about their life, relationships or occupations and responding with lightning fast banter and some very, very funny one-liners that leave you crying with laughter.
This is Effie’s second appearance at the Adelaide Fringe, and I am certain there will be many more to come. Next time she’s in town, tease your hair up with several cans of hairspray, and let Effie make you forget about the world through an evening of laughter, in her own unique and brilliant way.
Reviewed by: Ben Stefanoff
Rating out of 5: 5