Kare Koren: Comedy is warming up Down Under

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WELL my hope of arriving to lovely warm sunshine in Australia wasn’t quite what I was greeted with on landing in Melbourne. The temperature was a pleasant 16 degrees, but nowhere near the 30 degrees I was expecting. The autumn is approaching in Australia, as is our spring, supposedly.

Adelaide is slightly warmer at 25 degrees, which is like a very good summer in the Capital. On arrival, Katy (my daughter) collected me. After settling into the hotel she took me for a lovely lunch, where Kath Mainland, CEO of the Fringe, was hosting a lunch with old friends who have brought many shows to Edinburgh. It was a good way to start a week of seeing many shows and networking.

Katy is working at the Garden of Unearthly Delights, one of the bigger entertainment venues in a park at the centre of Adelaide. It boasts 11 venues, fairground rides, a ferris-wheel and lots of food stalls and bars. It is constantly busy. New event spaces have been added since my last visit eight years ago.

In the park across the road is Gluttony, a similar space but not as big with just nine venues. Then not far is another, called the Royal Croquet Club, which has six spaces.

The city is full, very similar to Edinburgh during August and there is a brilliant atmosphere.

The first performers I caught up with were Abandoman (pictured), who have been performing at Adelaide for four years now. Great to see them doing so well.

My judging duties are hotting up too. I have to see 12 shows before Wednesday in order to give my votes.

It will be difficult to chose the best as there is so much to fit in. At the same time I want to be able to see shows that will become part of the programme at the Gilded Balloon.

A few of the ones I have been asked to judge have already been to the Capital, but it is the new shows that, with a little luck, I want to discover.