Evelyn Mok: Bubble Butt
- Rowena McIntosh
- 5 August 2018
This article is from 2018
Anecdotes, phrases and chats that fill an amiable hour
The child of Chinese parents, bought up in Sweden and now living in the UK, Evelyn Mok has a rare perspective on the difference between the three cultures. Opening her new show Bubble Butt, she emphasises her love for how uncomfortable British people get around awkward conversations. And quickly proves her point after a reference to child grooming casts a hush over the room.
A Swedish upbringing meant contact with people who were comfortable in their bodies, including a nude teacher. Mok sets up some brilliant anecdotes about growing up looking different, including the merits of a bush descended from Thor over Mao, and an identity crisis brought on by black Barbie. Her funny phrases, rolling of words for affect and easy chats with the audience show a comedian very much in command of the stage.
The momentum drops in the later part of the hour, there's a segue back to her previous show where she catches up on being a late bloomer sexually while a #MeToo routine doesn't have the pay-off to justify the build-up. Mok brings it back with a candid look at a genuinely uncomfortable incident from her past and leaves us on a song about the female equivalent of sweaty balls which, in very unBritish fashion, everyone joins in with.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 6pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9).