Fringe Review: Marcel Blanch-De Wilt: The Best Man

At the end of 2015, comedian Marcel Blanch-De Wilt got married and it was all fairly normal. But, his Best Man made a rather unusual speech.

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Presented by Marcel Blanch-De Wilt
Reviewed 5 March 2017

At the end of 2015, comedian Marcel Blanch-De Wilt got married and it was all fairly normal. But, his Best Man made a rather unusual speech. It was about how both of them grew up without fathers. They had fathers, they just never saw them much though, due to divorce.

This and how Blanch-De Wilt coped with the divorce of his parents, bullying bigger brothers (who ended up his groomsmen), Seinfeld and hanging out with his best mate form the strings of this stand-up routine.

Blanch De-Wilt wears more of a story-telling hat, rather than one of a comedian for this show – and that’s fine. There are some lovely poignant moments, and some brutally honest dramatic moments; but comedy still creeps through. The comedy that comes through is of the true variety, with the odd dash of zaniness every now and then. Blanch-De Wilt imagining the speech his father might have given, if allowed (he was at the wedding), is hilarious.

This is fairly gentle, interesting comedy rather than the full ‘in-your-face’ style that tends to inhabit the Fringe, sometimes too much so.

If you weren’t invited to Marcel’s wedding, this is the next best thing. Blanch-De Wilt is almost the best, man.

Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Twitter: @briangods

Rating out of 5: 3.5

Venue:  The Producers
Season:  Until 19 March
Duration:  50 mins
Tickets:  $5 – $10
Bookings: https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/marcel-blanch-de-wilt-the-best-man

 

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