Myra Dubois is a bit like Lily Savage crossed with Hyacinth Bucket – sharp-tongued and with a plum in her mouth. Dubois Entendre is the sequel to her much more successful previous show at the Gilded Balloon, Self Admyra. She’s not bitter… But she does snipe with the best of them, taking the minimal audience numbers in her stride and firing out snide comments and quips like machine gun bullets. It’s well paced and well-rehearsed – Dubois is a seasoned performer who exudes a confidence that puts us immediately at ease.
There are times when the set turns from show to seminar – Dubois practices projectile mindfulness by pointing out all the flaws in us. She prepares her jokes carefully, deviating from the story only for a side comment or sniped remark, all of which have pause and impact. They take time to climax, but they’re worth the wait, peppered with supporting laughs to help us along the way. Certain comments sail close to the wind in their controversy, but Dubois gives us a knowing wink and navigates swiftly back on course like an experienced sailor.
Dubois has decided that the money is in children’s entertainment and she’s dying to show us her skills. This woman should not be allowed anywhere near children unsupervised, but they absolutely should spend a few choice minutes in her presence to expand their worldly experience exponentially. She’s a hilarious failed magician that gets the same exuberant applause when she fucks up a trick as she would if it worked. It’s all in the patter and the sarcastic approach.
The set has some comedically misplaced self-confidence too – her voice, despite her own presumptions, is earth-shatteringly bad. Candle In The Wind is mumbled and murdered; Where Is Love from Oliver! has a shrieking, nasal accompaniment. Again though, the hilarity is in the absence of talent, combined with the confidence to carry it through. She shows off in some plays to accentuate her glaring lack of talent in others.
In the end Dubois Entendre reaches a spiritual redemption by spouting religious nonsense. Dubois atones for his transgressions in the past year with a final flurry of quick-witted comedic praises, priming herself for radicalisation. The show is a self-made success, the experience and confidence of Dubois carrying us along for the ride.
Dubois Entendre plays The Laughing Horse @ Counting House as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 until 26 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.