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Venue:48 Below, Under The Phoenix, 46 Broughton Street Edinburgh EH1 3SA
Phone: 0131 557 0234
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Basement Bar
AUG 11-15 at 00:30 (60 min)
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Geneva Rust-Orta just turned 21, just finished university, and just got over an eating disorder.
She has no idea what to do now. Therefore, she has decided to take some time out of growing up to write and perform an hour-long comedy show.
This show, ‘Messed Up’, seeks to heal Geneva’s inner child through the restorative properties of Gallows Humour.
Geneva is a Jewish-American 21-year-old woman living in the UK. Her comic style has no particular aesthetic. It features and combines elements of classic stand-up, comedy poetry, comedy songs, and storytelling. Her show has been compared to watching a prolific but frenzied comedy writer breakdown on stage…on speed. But in a good way.
Geneva’s humour seeks to blur the line between laughing and cringing, cheering and crying. Between weightier jokes titled ‘Haha Holocaust’ and ‘LOL Bulimia’ her show features humour based on nothing much at all. Including an ‘angry poem’ about how angry she is:
I can’t stand sitting down!
Screw light bulbs!
I am so over the Southern Hemisphere.
Geneva was named ‘Second-Funniest Jew’ at the JW3 Jewish Comedy Competition in December 2015.

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August 13, 2016  The Mumble
Review for Messed Up
Geneva Rust-Orta : The Second Funniest Jew

Watching Geneva Rust-Orta’s first ever performance at the Edinburgh was a bit like gazing at Leonardo Da Vinci sketch. There is genius there, clearly she has the gift for comedy, but her youth & her inexperience still dominate both performance & material. She is only 21, and although her patter is of a woman twice that age, her life experience is such that is a scanty bed-soil from which to feed her talented eye for fun. Credit where credit is due, however, she’s only been doing comedy 9 months – a recent graduate in theatre down Yorkshire way, her end-of-year show had comedy elements in it, & her tutor suggested a spot at the Edinburgh Fringe. The spot she got was at half-past midnight, & trust me some of her stuff really does need to be on this late – she’s a bit, well, ‘open’ & a bit too ‘raunchy’ for anything earlier – but its all, well, rather hilarious.

Before arriving in Edinburgh, Californian Rust-Orta has already been pronounced as the UK’s second funniest Jew. Checking this & other stereotypes with a cheeky grin, Rust-Orta offers a unique insight into life, with realism rising out of every breath. A romantically-minded, comic poetess trapped in a neo-modern cage, I have a funny feeling that if Geneva sticks at it, her place in the comedy pantheon is assured, & her juvenilian sketches grow into a masterpiece even Da Vinci would have been proud to call his own.

Reviewer : Damian Beeson Bullen

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