Presented by Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Reviewed 5th March 2020
Scottish comedian Larry Dean brings his hilarious stand up based on his life to the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
The latest show Fudnut continues his award-winning career, which includes taking out the Scottish Comedian of the Year Award.
It has been five years since Dean has performed in Adelaide. Since then he completed a successful run of a show based around his time coming out of a long-term relationship. During those years his personal experiences and routines have expanded through personal journeys that culminate in the up-to-date show about his life, Fudnut.
A neat addition to the show’s introduction was a brief summary of past events in a kind of ‘previously on’ beginning as seen on television shows. It was a humorous inclusion that made light of potentially dark moments through a karaoke style run through that limits the summary to the length of a song.
Dean then bounded forward into the recent experiences of the rebounds, therapy, and other awkward experiences and observations that crossed his path as a gay, Scottish man. There is a high amount of self-deprecation to welcome audiences into Dean’s point of view, the most common the reflection on his apparently threatening facial feature.
Dean is incredibly talented at vocal impersonations. He shifted effortlessly between regional UK dialects, to other English country accents, and even into spot on character voices. Including the rapid changing voice acting added a fun variety of characters that interjected playfully into the overall story arcs.
The multiple voices within the show were a fantastic addition. They mixed in with strange comedic movements to provide several punchlines within the one story. Their appearances together shaped the clever call backs that created quick layers to the show that snuck in without the need for additional, forced background information.
There were a lot of punchlines and snappy lines to absorb from the one show. There was even a witty manner of sharp, sudden interruptions in his own story flow in a bizarre but funny kind of self-heckling. Audiences could easily watch the same hour of stand up again and discover new lines that were there all along.
There were a few of the UK-based jokes that could have done with a tweak or mini explanation for an Adelaide audience but otherwise Dean’s Fudnut is another brilliant example of the types of UK comedians that are currently touring within the Australian comedy and fringe circuits.
Larry Dean in his show Fudnut is on at several dates up until the end of the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Reviewed by Alex Dunkin
Rating out of 5: 4.5
Venue: Le Cascadeur, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide
Season: 5th – 15th March 2020
Duration: 60 mins