Like so many fringe productions this year, the Super Serious Show looks to be one of those stand-up variety, mash-up shows that is used as a platform for many of the acts out there to advertise their show to a wider audience.
This night was an All American Special, with a mix of comedians from across the Fringe giving us a ten, fifteen minute snippet of their talents, in an attempt to entice us into going to see their full offering. These shows seem to be two-a-penny around Edinburgh these days and apart from seeing your favourite act in action, it is difficult to see what the draw is.
Highlights for this particular edition included the mega beatbox and vocal talents of Drennon Davis, an innovative and clever young man who gave us a wide insight into American radio stations, but using his own voice to portray every single sound. Very entertaining, he is certainly worth looking into if you swing by the Assembly Roxy. Deanne Smith is also a sure fire hit. A great stand-up comic who truly engages and understands her audience, she is undeniably an extremely funny lady. Will Franken did his best as the host for the evening, but unfortunately it just wasn’t his crowd. A very funny guy and worth a look, however he’s not for the faint hearted.
All in all the Super Serious Show fails to entice, a variety show that came across as bland, badly presented and lacking in originality.