Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

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A show abut whinging goes to another level

Zoe Lyons has reached the stage in her career where it's not the promise of such-and-such a show that lures people in, they just want to hear her talk for an hour in her fast-paced, energetic and at-times misanthropic style. This year she turns her gaze on people who leave a lot to be desired in the brains and manners departments: 'entry level humans', she calls them. We've all encountered these types (and they seem particularly prevalent during the Fringe when every opponent of pavement etiquette seems to descend on the city) and we've all been them in our less clever or noble moments.

Lyons talks us through the indignities of internet connectivity problems, motivational phrases and holiday misadventures, mixing observations about the absurdities of the world around us with her own foibles, somehow working in an impression of a fly that is an unexpected highlight. And, yes, she addresses that TUI advert.

From a show that is mostly about whinging about the annoyances of other people, there emerges a deeper message: to think critically about the way we interact with the world and the choices we make even if it's about something trivial.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug, 5.45pm, £11.50–£12.50 (£9.50–£10.50).

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

  • 3 stars

The stand-up comic and Mock the Week regular discusses not really knowing what she's doing in life.