Star rating: *****
Date of Reviewed show: Wednesday 6th August 2014
King Dome – Pleasance Dome
30th July 2014 – 24 August 2014. 8.30pm. £8.50-13 Book here
After being knocked up like a 1950s teenager, she missed the festival last year, but now she is back and it’s forward march for Shappi. Reflecting on the good things, she celebrates her haphazard, zigzag towards her dreams. She introduces us to friends, family and total strangers who have helped her on her personal Yellow Brick Road.
‘She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency’ (Guardian). ‘Makes live comedy thrilling’ (Evening Standard).
Like Shappi, I also missed the Fringe last year. It’s good to be back in the city of Edinburgh and in the thick of the festival again. Whilst one of the main reasons for going to the Fringe is to check out new up and coming talent, it’s always good to see regulars such as Shappi Khorsandi. So revealing is she on stage it almost feels like catching up with an old friend. This year she shared with her audience the developments in her life since she last performed at the Fringe in 2012. She is still a single mum, yet with a baby daughter to add to her growing family of children. That in itself lends itself to humorous accounts of raising children alone.
This is a classy, well put together show, with jokes a plenty covering a whole range of themes, including school day friendships v adult friendships, standing up (or not) for what’s right – be that defending her father or standing up to hoody’s in suburban London streets.
The well worn theme of women in comedy was also brought up. It didn’t need to be as this show itself was further proof, not that it was needed, that women are funny. She made her point in a sarcastically humorous way. Shappi features in a blog I wrote on this very subject entitled ‘Book a comedienne? You what … you’re avin a larf!‘
I have not seen that many female comedian’s this year, but of those I have, in addition to Shappi, Sadia Azmat and Tiff Stevenson have impressed me highly. All feature in our list of Top 10 shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014.
Shappi is terrific, amiable and funny comedian. I love the theatrical, almost thespian aspect to part of her shows, as she showcases her range of different accents and expressions. I look forward to seeing her again next year.
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