There were these six British comedians, two buses, and three mystery destinations. No joke.
First staged in Scotland two years ago, the comedy coach tour is a smart idea, offering an afternoon of laughs in its premiere Adelaide season. Hosted by Glaswegian, Alan Anderson (pictured), who was in fine form for the whole day, the organisation of the tour left much to be desired, but the comedy kept spirits raised higher than the uncomfortable heat.
One bus was not air conditioned, one driver headed to the Barossa by mistake, and the disappointing buffet lunch at The Hahndorf Old Mill Hotel was the low point of the day that became an ongoing joke for the rest of the afternoon.
The comedians themselves performed on the shaded grass at Penfolds Magill Estate, the Old Mill Hotel and, finally, amongst the emus and kangaroos of Cleland National Park. The choice of venues was ideal for each show, although it was disappointing that the coach rides themselves offered no entertainment other than a Beatles soundtrack.
Stuart Mitchell and Vladimir McTavish opened the proceedings at the first stop, with Paco Erhard winding up the lunch at the Old Mill Hotel. Tim Fitzhigham and comedy magician Paddy McCullagh wound up the day in the national park, both proving to be a highlight of the line-up.
While some mishaps were out of the hands of the organisers, with better overall planning the Magical Mystery Comedy Coach Tour has great potential to become a real Fringe highlight in the coming years.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.
Duration: 5.5 hours