Helen Lederer: I Might as Well Say It (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Helen Lederer: I Might as Well Say It

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Pacey chit-chat about life in entertainment

The woman famous for Ab Fab, Celebrity Big Brother and various other reality and acting spots makes her stand-up comeback at this year's Fringe. Helen Lederer's hour is one filled with talk about getting older, the menopause, HRT, dry vaginas and gastric bands.

There are also jokes about her time on Celebrity Big Brother (all the reality stars were apparently on medication for psychotic disorders), doing the reality TV diving show Splash! with Tom Daley (she insists that she gave birth to him: he's that young!) and getting fired from Loose Women (which is what happens if you don't get on with Janet Street-Porter).

Throughout the set, Lederer occasionally forgets where she is, taking cheeky looks at her script and asking the audience to remember for her: it isn't clear whether this is part of the set or she indeed just can't remember. However, she almost revels in this and it soon becomes endearing rather than annoying.

Quick punchlines and cheeky add-ons to the end of her jokes give a pacey feel to the bletherings about her life and it becomes a revealing insight into the life of someone who has been in the entertainment industry for a long time.

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Helen Lederer: I Might as Well Say It

  • 3 stars

So Comedy and Broken Robot Productions The Naked Video and Absolutely Fabulous star feels it's time to spill, before she forgets and gets taken off the patches altogether. What went on in the Big Brother house? Can she be honest about stand-up comedy, being fat, wheezy and other secrets? Probably not. She might lie. 'A…