Anne Edmonds in My Banjo’s Name is Steven
Aussie musical stand-up built on good audience interaction
This article is from 2012.
The unwaveringly energetic and unfailingly upbeat Aussie comedian clearly feels she’s a bit too full on for her lunchtime time lot. But, actually, her bright demeanour and likeable manner makes her well suited to the daylight hours.
For her Fringe debut, the Melbourne-based comedian has chosen to tell the story of why and how she became a stand-up, and she does this with the aid of several songs sung to the accompaniment of a banjo. The ribald tale of Edmonds’ journey to stand-up isn’t particularly compelling in its telling, although it is peppered with a handful of memorable moments. Most amusing of these is a sojourn to the outback, where Edmonds took a job in a small town and joined a local netball team to make friends only to find herself stuck in the company of a gang carousing sheilas.
Edmonds’ strength lies in her banter with the audience. She quickly establishes a rappor, and she’s got a winning way of making a fool of herself through story, song and some super embarrassing dance moves.
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