Performer: Ross Hepburn
Venue: The Banshee Labrynth, Edinburgh,
You’d probably expect a comedian’s debut show to be mainly about their life and the funny little moments that happen. Usually, some typical themes that we’ve all seen, heard, or experienced. With Ross Hepburn, however, you get much more – You get BeetleJuice’d.
Fresh off his run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Hepburn brings his first solo show to the Edinburgh Horror Festival: the perfect event for such a sensational show. BeetleJuice’d is essentially a die-hard fan appreciation extravaganza for the Tim Burton classic. With elements about his personal issues with Aspergers, Hepburn explores his fascination with BeetleJuice that started from a young age.
Adorned in the iconic striped suit, Hepburn bursts onto the stage akin to his hero and maintains impressively high energy throughout. The comedian masterfully weaves through the highs and lows of human emotion to control the atmosphere of the room. Even if a heckler throws a curve ball his way to disrupt the flow, Hepburn hits it right back in their face. Noteworthy is his bravery to discuss his own mental health onstage in such a candid and trustful way that demonstrates that nothing is off the table for this rising comedian. BeetleJuice’d is more than just a stand up set; it is a film analysis, self-reflection, and sing-along rolled into one entertaining spectacle.
His favourite film could have been one of those dull training videos found in every tragically monotonous workplace and he’d still be able to make it hilarious. If there is anyone who can bring honour to that legendary madness on stage, Ross Hepburn’s your man.