Lou Sanders: Shame Pig (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Lou Sanders: Shame Pig

Idil Sukan

Punchy and wild anecdotes prove honesty is the best policy

Shame isn't healthy. It weighs a person down and contributes to deep rooted mental and self-esteem issues. So says Lou Sanders, whose lunchtime show has her sharing some of the great misadventures of her life. Sex is a popular topic (which means we get some wonderful turns of phrase of which 'stunning fellatio' is a favourite) as is biting her friends (well, nobody's perfect) and drinking (in which we find out why Sanders is teetotal).

Shame Pig is a show without any boundaries in which Sanders takes her less proud moments and owns them, drawing a line in the sand between embarrassment (a temporary, fleeting sensation) and shame with its damaging permanence. Getting the mortifying moments out in the open is empowering, and thanks to Sanders' punchy writing and commanding delivery, it's something today's audience can get behind too. It's got a cathartic air, but Shame Pig never deviates from being silly. As advertised, Sanders' labia is discussed quite extensively; it's a recurring punchline and the comic's secret weapon. She's still ironing a couple of creases out today but remains unflustered by those momentary technical lapses, wielding a confident stage presence that's made of tough stuff.

Monkey Barrel, until 26 Aug (not 15), 12.30pm, £5 in advance or donations at the venue.

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