Anne Edmonds & Lloyd Langford: Business with Pleasure
Lovers of Have You Been Paying Attention rejoice! Two of the show’s funniest guests, Anne Edmonds and Lloyd Langford have united to bring Adelaide Fringe audiences their dual comedy show Business with Pleasure. After what has been a hectic and very un-funny 2020, Edmonds and Langford make up for lost time by providing some much-needed belly laughs in The Garden of Unearthly Delight’s Spiegeltent.
True to the show’s name, Edmonds and Langford really are mixing business with pleasure, and if you follow any of their social media accounts, you’ll know that the pair are in fact dating. This adds a unique dynamic and theme to the show and adds a very personal layer to the content – something I found to be a refreshing change to the typical, rehashed routines in traditional stand-up. Edmonds’s exuberant, enthusiastic, goofy comedic style and personality is a perfect yin to the yang of Langford’s dry, dark, monotonous comedic style. Personally, I preferred Langford’s routine because his style and themes resonated more with my taste – but their personalities complemented each other. Edmonds’s vibrancy was a breath of fresh air after Langford’s more subdued routine.
There are a couple of details that viewers should be aware of before booking tickets to the show, however. First, be wary that The Spiegeltent seating isn’t tiered. It is socially distanced theatre-style on completely flat ground. I lined up early thinking it would serve me well and managed to secure a spot about 5 rows from the front. Still, I found myself having to move my head throughout the performance to see the happenings on stage. Usually, comedy shows don’t warrant the same clear viewing as circus shows or cabaret, but visual gags did play a part in the show at times, so make sure you can see the stage from your seat!
Another thing to note, it is not a family friendly show. If you, like me, first discovered Edmonds and Langford through their appearances on Have You Been Paying Attention, the odd instance of profanity, innuendo or euphemism is to be expected. This is not prime-time television, however. Business with Pleasure kicks it up a couple of notches – something that I welcomed because it added to Edmonds and Langford’s authenticity.
Finally, the show is advertised as running for 60 minutes, but this is not entirely accurate. For your $42, you get Edmonds’s and Langford’s glorious hour-long routine, plus a bonus Q&A segment which runs for another 15 or so minutes. This is a generous addition which provided some of the biggest laughs of the evening and gives the opportunity for the stars to exhibit their improvisational skills.
Overall, I definitely think Business with Pleasure will prove to be one of the funniest stand-up shows of the Fringe this year. Go and make fun of all the craziness that happened in 2020 with two down-to-earth, relatable, hilarious comedians. #Annoyd FTW.
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