Andrew Maxwell - Maxwell's Fullmooners (5 stars)

  • 7 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

This is the late night show that all others should aim to be. Already the proud owner of an epic reputation established at the London Comedy Store, FullMooners blends the kitsch and the comic to perfection. The main ingredient is Andrew Maxwell himself, now recognised as one of the most entertaining compères in the country. As Thriller pumps through the speakers, the lights dim and the official King of Comedy strolls on to the stage, cloaked up and dangerous, posing before the projection of a moon. The audience needs no more encouragement; the howls resound round the spooky setting of the caves and set the benchmark for the evening.

The atmosphere is relaxed, as most performers stumble on stage in an adorably tipsy state, breaking down into giggles each time the familiar wolf noises echo around them. Few stick to their set, in a refreshing break from the norm of late shows being treated as little more than a showcase; FullMooners feels more like a not-very-exclusive party with the cool kids providing the laughs. Maxwell’s immense reputation ensures that high profile comedians are promised for the Fringe run. This show had Jim Jeffries, Ava Vidal and the fabulous Jason Byrne, interspersed with impressive breakdancing: a truly modern variety show.

It’s hard to pinpoint what makes this stand out so much from the others. Edinburgh is drenched with high quality post-midnight entertainment and yet Maxwell has managed to create a unique buzz. The only explanation is that this is born from a clear love of comedy, with free-range comedians happily pecking around the Underbelly funny farm. The audience can detect this atmosphere and so it takes little more than a nod from the Irish scamp to make them, literally, howl with laughter.
(Siân Bevan)

Baby Belly, 0870 745 3083, 10-12, 17-19, 24-27 Aug, 11.55pm, £10.

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