Luisa Omielan: Politics for Bitches (4 stars)

Luisa Omielan

A call to dissent from an angry young woman

Luisa Omielan may at first seem like the frivolous party girl of yore, dancing about her stage as we file in while her massive dog Bernie lies about or stares uncomprehendingly into the audience. But Omielan is now a sadder, angrier woman, disgusted at the treatment of her mother as she was struck down with a cancer that killed her in a matter of months. Bernie came about as a means of coping with her loss, while this show, Politics for Bitches, is another manifestation of that grief.

A howl from the darkness at the state of political affairs that resulted in her mother being denied drinking water without a prescription (and don't even talk to Omielan about cannabis oil), it's also a mission statement that we should all get more political and display even the smallest gestures of dissent.

Like Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, there is often little respite and no punchline to leaven the tension, but Omielan certainly isn't threatening to quit comedy. During the brief Q&A to close this show, she also insists that she has no intention of entering politics. The parliamentary elites can breathe a sigh of relief at that.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug (not 14, 23), 9pm, £14–£15 (£12–£13).

Luisa Omielan: Politics for Bitches

  • 4 stars

The outspoken London-based stand-up defends her right to have opinions about topics she knows absolutely nothing about as she finesses material for a TV show.

Comments

1. Orby Bittal10 Aug 2018, 6:55pm Report

Awful. More Emperors New Clothes. Needs to know her stuff a little better and needs more laughs. Comes across as arrogant. Sorry.

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