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.
Even Tessa Coates has no idea what anthropology is about and she studied it for three years. But it has informed her latest show Primates – a startling reminder that we are not that different from our nearest genetic species. It’s an affable mix of physiology, psychology and comedy in an attempt to explain away our seemingly insane actions in relationships, mating and a fascination with procreation before it’s too late.
If we measure our success as a ratio to our age, we may as well all top ourselves now and be done with it. Adele, 29 years old, is the yardstick by which Stiff and Kitsch measure their achievements – there is no comparison. Not only less successful, but also older than Adele, Sally O’Leary and Rhiannon Neads are not faring well. Adele Is Younger Than Us is their attempt to address the imbalance – a tongue in cheek look at how they can be as famous as the world’s greatest heartbreak composer. It’s tricky when they’ve never been in love.
Megan Gogerty pauses for the same amount of time between each joke. Her routine has a very rigid structure – comment, joke, pause, repeat. It’s too prescriptive to allow the laughs to settle in and is off-putting. Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan is a commentary on the plight of one of Shakespeare’s most revered women and the desire for her to receive the recognition she deserves. Gogerty is spot on with her analysis, but off the mark with her comedic interpretation.
As a comedian, Tamar Broadbent is gorgeously awkward and real. Her brand of musical comedy may not deal with the big social, political or economic issues going on in the world today, but that makes it no less relevant to a millennial audience. Body confidence and acceptance of non-stereotypes are the order of the day here, but they’re done with a smile and a couple of major chords. Broadbent asks us to Get Ugly and she won’t take no for an answer.