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Venue:Sofi's Southside (formerly Harry's), 42 - 44 Buccleuch Street Edinburgh EH8 9LP
Phone: 0131 662 0974
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Upstairs
AUG 2-26 at 17:00 (60 min)
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Thao originally wanted to be an actress but was disheartened because she didn't see many Asians on TV. The only time she ever saw a lot of Asians on TV was on border security. Her comedy can be best described as self depricating, dry and politically incorrect. Thao is a mulit award winning comedian and has been busy performing all over Australia including Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival. In this show Thao will be taking The PC out of Stand uP Comedy.
"Thao is Hilarious an Excellent Comedian" - Just Comedy
“Constant Laugh Out Loud Comedy" - Sydney Arts Guide
"Unique, Original, Special and Super Fun" - Bayside Comedy
2016 Winner Short and Sweet Comedy, 2015 Winner Clown and Anchor,
2015 Winner Ulladulla Comedy Festival

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August 17, 2018  The Wee Review
Vietnamese-Australian comic Thao Cao begins her show by asking the audience, “Do you remember the first time a man hit on you?” Whilst this is a strange way to begin any Fringe show, the opening gambit allows Thao to launch into an inspired routine about encountering a paedophile as a young girl that is subverted with a punchline which may offend some of the more sensitive audience members.

This political incorrectness runs throughout the rest of Thao’s show however, unlike many comedians who revel in shocking and offending, she uses it casually as a means of punctuating jokes. This makes what could easily come across as tiresomely offensive unexpectedly funny. A further example of this is when a routine about a racist white woman ranting about Asians is turned on its head by Thao mentioning her own mother’s racism… against the Vietnamese.

However, Thao also uses her show to tell stories of her life and heritage, such as informing the audience about the different tones used in the Vietnamese language, which causes problems when calling for help, and her wasted drama course at university, which she demonstrates with a physical performance set to ‘My Heart Will Go On’ that has the room laughing. This last section is made all the more effective by Thao’s deadpan delivery and performance style which ironically makes her material more affecting than the overacted, manic delivery increasingly preferred by many other stand-ups at the Fringe.

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August 7, 2018 Fringe Review
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Thao originally wanted to be an actress but was disheartened because she didn’t see many Asians on TV. The only time she saw a lot of Asians on TV was on Border Security or Bondi Rescue. So she gave up her dream and decided to give stand-up comedy a go.

“Do you remember the first time a man hit on you?” is the opening line of Thao Thanh Cao’s solo show. It’s a curious and direct question, which sets the tone for the almost one hour performance. This is a coming of age story and Thao tells us about her experiences as a young Asian woman growing up in Australia from her observations of people and their reactions to someone who looks different. Told through brief anecdotes and comedy, the first topic is discrimination.

Thao’s demeanour and low-key delivery are interesting – especially for the subject matter she tackles. Her restrained manner is beguiling and edgy, always vital and she makes her points of view effectively. She understands the power of eye contact and uses subtle facial expressions such as a slight tilt of the head or a sneaky smile that speak volumes. Complicity develops between Thao and the audience that provides a flow and rhythm to her stories and humour.

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