Til’ 28th August
Well… today’s Mumble Mission didn’t go according to plan. I went in search of Poetry reading Pandas and found comedy that was genuinely funny. It was a warm, balmy Sunday evening and Edinburgh was in the swing as I entered an old Goth haunt that held more than a few good memories. I grabbed a pint of extra cold Guinness and wandered the Banshee Labyrinth in search of Pandas reading Poetry. I couldnae find any Pandas, but I did find a gaggle of Poets. Aha I thought, this must be where I am supposed to be. Alas the show was close to the end, the poetry was OK, but there were no Pandas to be found. there was a poet who had a beard that was weird, it kind of puffed out at the sides. Most unique. Then the poets left. I sat patiently as a new audience took the seats available. To my surprise,where I was expecting Pandas, in walked Ross Hepburn dressed in a suit of parallel lines. Immediately i thought “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!” & as if by magic, an hour of very entertaining comedy began. The film Beetlejuice and its director Tim Burton are Divine favorites, so this comedian had my attention from word go.
I loved the guy’s style and his delivery, and his audience lapped it up, the more animated Ross became the better his audience felt. With a room full of freaks laughing out loud, Ross made having a personality disorder fun. Weaving his own autism into the show, this was one of the best surprises I have had this season and although the poetic pandas were hiding, I had found a genuine rising, original & funny star. With a performance this good, he will nae be part of the Free Fringe for long, I expect and foresee great things for this young man. He made my day. Brilliant Comedy.
Reviewer : Mark ‘Divine’ Calvert