Joanne McNally: Wine Tamer (3 stars)

Joanne McNally: Wine Tamer

A shaky start with a solid recovery

Joanne McNally is not exactly a stranger to the comedy circuit. Some might still think of her as a newbie, but over three years of stand-up under her belt and her sold-out shows here prove otherwise. The Irish comedian definitely has the skill, but needs perhaps to learn a few things from the 'woke' friends she consistently jokes about.

Wine Tamer starts with McNally choosing a member of the audience to be the 'energy barometer' who rates the level of excitement in the room. This is a good ice-breaker, had it only been relevant again in the set. She pumps up the crowded room only to dive into jokes about how unfortunate she is that she doesn't have depression or has never been abused so that she could have 'bad' things to talk about.

After awkwardly calling out comedians that use their craft as a vehicle to work through such issues (only a year after her own show was based on her history of eating disorders), McNally steps into the spotlight with fresh, relevant material. It's an uphill journey as she hilariously explores the gender disparity of online dating, feminism and sexual liberation. The show closes strongly, but the rocky introduction leaves a sour aftertaste.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 27 Aug (not 14), 5.35pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Joanne McNally: Wine Tamer

  • 3 stars

Lisa Richards by arrangement with Off The Kerb Star and writer of Sky TV's Baby Hater and Ireland's brightest new comic, Joanne McNally returns to Edinburgh after her sell-out debut Bite Me last year, with her hysterical and whipsmart look on life, love and lies we tell ourselves. 'Fresh, bold and brazen, the sky is…

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