Described as ‘one of Australia’s most exciting new stand-up character and banjo playing comedians, Anne Edmonds is currently making her UK debut with a fortnight at the Soho Theatre in London with a gig entitled YOU KNOW WHAT I’M LIKE.
It won Anne the Piece of Wood Award last year. The Piece of Wood Award you ask? Yes, it’s literally a piece of wood presented to the winner of the Best Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where she resides. Apparently it’s traditional to bite it. ‘Eddo’ – as she calls herself on Twitter – says she’s a ‘sadness sniffer dog’ that can spot melancholy behind smiles. Her stand-up routine is described by critics as “uncomfortably funny” combined with dark, but funny songs and skilful banjo playing.
Her banjo is called Steve… well it was in 2012, if she’s still with Steve. I didn’t ask when I meet her last Friday night after her show to sign this sketch. But you have until 16 January to pop along to the intimate upstairs loft at the Soho and ask her yourself.