“Kylie Brakeman Presents Linda Hollywood’s Big Hollywood Night,” at Edinburgh Fringe 2022

**** (out of 5)

How do you translate social media stardom into onstage brilliance? That’s something Linda Hollywood could teach you.

In this case, it’s Kylie Brakeman doing the honors. Brakeman birthed the Linda Hollywood character during the pandemic last year, and this summer has built an entire show and world around this supposedly big-time show-business agent, delivering her Masterclass to the audience. But what if the agent’s own career is falling apart at the same time, thanks to a bad quote spread online via one of the industry trade sites? Sure, Linda Hollywood’s A-list clients may want to dump her immediately, but she still has a few success stories to share with the rest of the class, which allows Brakeman to act out as a 6-year-old stand-up comedian, as well as an elderly sex therapist with a TV talk show. Never you mind what station it’s on.

Can Linda Hollywood turn any audience member into a star in just five minutes? Start the clock! This is a high-energy show. Big personalities, big laughs.

Kylie Brakeman Presents: Linda Hollywood’s Big Hollywood Night runs through Aug. 28, 2022, at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose.

Here’s a taste of early Linda Hollywood, circa 2021:

And hear here my podcast chat with Kylie Brakeman about her own life and career and impending stardom.

Sean L. McCarthy

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