Markus Birdman’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is an hour-long saga of confused pseudo-leftism, disorganised PowerPointing, poor animation and just a few acceptable “knob jokes.”

Birdman indecisively couches his comedy in an animated re-imagination of  Rumpelstiltskin, with Trump cast as the King, himself cast as the joker and the devil cast as Rumpelstiltskin. These unrealistic and sometimes hard to understand gimmicks serve little purpose, and fade in and out of the show randomly.

As if this wasn’t enough, he then consistently pauses the video to make fun and talk to these characters, including himself. “I’m my own worst enemy,” says the joker/Markus. Real Markus then pauses the animation of himself to ask it, “have you seen your Chortle review?”

The show also featured multiple uncomfortable pauses as Markus literally waited for applause after promising that his show doesn’t make jokes at the expense of women. Within ten minutes of that, his gags offer up his daughter as the punchline. His jokes about her being funnier than him hardly compensate considering that the biggest laughs he got were quoting her words.

On top of all of his, he has the gall to helpfully tell the audience that if they run into comedians at the Fringe, to abstain from sharing their bad jokes with the pros. Forcing him to listen to an awful joke from each audience member wouldn’t give any of us that hour of our lives back.

Words: Emily Hall

Markus Birdman’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, Aug 4-27 (not 14), 3.30pm

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