I did not know I needed an hour of stand-up comedy about bad shark films in my life until I saw Heidi Regan’s ‘Heidi vs Sharks’. I now don’t know how I ever lived without it.
‘Heidi vs Sharks’ is a truly incredible show, using a timeline of bad shark movies to explain some complex political and trade acts (but also kind of not, it’s hard to explain), and it is minute for minute the funniest show I have seen in Edinburgh this year. It would be so easy for a show like this to simply rely on the ridiculousness and inherent humour of the clips being shown, but the way Regan contextualises the material is truly genius. John Barrowman delivering a crass chat-up line is already mildly amusing itself, but in the context of the show it becomes transcendentally funny.
The issue with a five star show is that, by necessity, there is nothing about it to criticise, which makes for a difficult review to write. There are only so many ways I can tell you how hilarious, how silly, how clever this show is, but it truly is a breath of fresh air. The faux lecture format of the hour, complete with amusingly low-grade Powerpoint, fit perfectly and every slide lands, to the point where I was in literal tears of laughter several times over.
There are moments in this hour with some sweet or emotional grounding, such as Regan’s father’s acceptance of her sexuality, or the story of meeting her now partner, and everything else is just hilarious shark jokes. I think that sums this show up about as well as I am going to be able to; it is an hour of hilarious shark jokes. If that does not whet your appetite, then I fear you may be at the wrong festival, friends.
Heidi vs. Sharks runs until the 26th of August – https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/heidi-regan-heidi-vs-sharks
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