Review: Esther Manito: Crusade, Gilded Balloon Teviot
4★★★★

Esther Manito: Lebanese British woman, wife, mother, incredible comedian. Manito’s stand-up act is a life long journey, ranging from motherhood, feminism, and prejudice, as well as the overall life struggle of finding your identity – with a lot of laughs.

Manito uses these life struggles she’s experienced and turns them into comedy gold. She heavily includes the audience in her act, creating a more personal and relaxed environment, almost a relationship with her audience. By sharing relatable stories, and listening to her audience’s stories, she opens herself up to new and hilarious jokes, making her audience more comfortable and close to her – as well as keeping them on their toes!

She infuses her act with visual aids with perfect timing, from birthday cards from her “very English” husband, to videos of politicians who have no idea what they are talking about. Her jokes revolving around the female anatomy are priceless, as well as being extremely honest, making them relatable and incredibly entertaining to her female viewers. 

Despite having several shows in the past where she has had to deal with appallingly prejudice people and hecklers, her comedy only grows stronger, and she incorporates these stories into her act. 

Manito speaks the truth, she talks about the world for the gritty reality that it is – and makes it hilarious.

Esther Manito: Crusade, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 31st July – 25th August (not the 12th) 4 pm

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