Sara Pascoe vs Her Ego

4 Stars

****

Sara Pascoe doesn’t do self deprecation humour. Her routine is based around her confidence and apparent brilliance – authoress, temping for a few days as Home Secretary, and it was she who caused Take That to get together again. These are only a few of her achievements. She does take a risk because if her act isn’t funny, it could all fall flat, but she carries it off superbly.

She has an abundance of good material on a huge range of topics. From memory, she touched on religion, her parents, politics, food, football and particularly sex. Well, she is an attractive blond in her late twenties. There is such variety in the way she is so funny. There are gags, hilarious throw away one liners, stories, role play and a few songs.

She can go from sharp, observational humour to the bizarre which I personally liked. For example, the Marquise de Sade is her current boy friend and a one night stand with the philosopher Nietzsche persuaded her to give up religion. The incongruity between working class accent and the mention of philosophers works a treat. What is consistent in her performance is the precision timing in hitting the punch line at the right moment.

She is on at a really competitive time in the evening. She is up against some big names but from the almost packed house it is evident she is making an impression even though it’s her first Fringe.

Reviewed by Ben

Venue; Venue Number                  Pleasance Courtyard; V33

Dates                                                  4 to 30 August 2010 (not 16)

Times                                                 20.15 to 21.15

Fringe Programme Page Number: 119

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