Edinburgh 2019 – Quotes and Reviews

Funny Women Best Show Shortlist https://funnywomen.com/2019/09/02/2019-funny-women-awards-best-show-shortlist-announced/

“Esther Manito: Lebanese British woman, wife, mother, incredible comedian.” Edfest Magazine http://www.edfestmag.com/comedy/esther-manito-review

“Ms Manito is a confident comic with a likeability factor which can do her no harm. Her stage presence and delivery enhance her well written material and it is easy to see why she is doing so well, both nationally and internationally,” One4Review http://one4review.co.uk/2019/08/esther-manito-crusade-4/#.XW1vvWjYrdQ

“ the vigour of her delivery and the importance she clearly puts on audience banter. However, when combined with the topics of motherhood, racism and the empathy she seems to have for each group mentioned, it’s clear that Esther is bringing a much-needed voice to comedy.” – Funny Women https://funnywomen.com/2019/08/12/esther-manito-crusade/

“A strong debut show about identity….A comedian with keen instincts, and punchlines often delivered with a nice turn of phrase and a vivid metaphor.” Fest Mag

“Still a relatively new comic, she’s got her wired persona nailed down hard. Manito is a performer with undeniable stage presence.” – The Scotsman 

“Manito is an engaging and promising comic who will staunchly stand up for what she believes, and that alone makes her an interesting proposition.” – Chortle 

“Crusade proves Esther Manito to be an astute observer of everyday daftness as well as being able to tackle the bigger issues with wit and guile.” – The List 

“Esther Manito’s aptly-named show Crusade is a hilarious and biting tour-de-force against both macro and micro-level attempts to box and confine the space in which contemporary women operate, from far-right social media trolling to judgy parents in the playground.” – The Morning Star https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/c/female-comedians-given-particular-prominence-year-gloriously-embrace-opportunity-side

The National UAE Review 2019 https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/on-stage/how-lebanese-british-comedian-esther-manito-uses-her-material-to-fight-racism-1.838593

Middle East Eye Review 2019 https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/edinburgh-2019-arab-performers-festival-and-fringe

“I’ve seen the combination of natural wit, careful craft, superb performance skills and sharp observation that goes into her work, and I’ve seen audiences of all kinds convulsed with wild laughter, sudden recognition and scandalised ‘did she just say that?’ disbelief. In taking cultural observations and making them universal, Esther has a rare and brilliant ability to combine humour, intelligence, flights of fantasy and brilliantly captured moments from daily life, them spin them into something brilliant, moving and outrageous. She is always hilarious and never cruel. I look forward to seeing her star shine ever brighter and can’t wait for what she does next.” – Bidisha BBC Broadcaster and Journalist

‘We’ve loved every minute working with Esther. Her stand up is bold, original and unapologetic – and of course laugh out loud funny. This channels well to the page and her contribution to our publication Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic: Words and Pictures on How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Alien Next Door (a Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year 2017) is often singled out as an outstanding piece of autobiographical, deeply human piece of writing. We have run numerous events with Esther, which are not only hugely popular, but also so enjoyable for everyone involved. Esther is a dream to work with.’- Saqi Press

Esther Manito has a sharply observed and carefully honed stand up comedy set, well written and equally well delivered she displays a deft touch along with the ability to draw an audience in and then deliver big laughs, she is v

 ‘Esther Manito : Her Arab roots provide her with plenty of comic material. She is confidently funny and at Arabs Are Not Funny shows she has always showed remarkably good stage presence and audience control..’ Aser  El Saqqa – Arts Canteen