Heidi Regan: Heidi Vs Sharks (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Heidi Regan: Heidi Vs Sharks

credit: Karla Gowlett

An intriguing mix of dodgy film clips and biographical anecdotes

Heidi Regan is obsessed with shark movies, a hobby she's long shared with her best friends, Joan and Greg. Throughout Heidi vs Sharks, she details the ups and downs of this niche (but surprisingly crowded) genre, from Jaws to Shark Attack 3: Megalodon and beyond. Along the way she weaves in little biographical snippets including some rather lovely stories about her winningly supportive father.

Regan says she's been described as a 'slow burner' and that's absolutely right on the money. Her low-key entrance and subdued delivery set the tone for an hour of gentle comedy. She intertwines some jaw(s)-droppingly bad shark film clips with facts about international trade agreements, a dichotomy employed for comic effect that doesn't really justify its inclusion (something she herself jokingly admits), but she insists that it's entirely her prerogative to leave it in.

Having spent the best part of a decade in dead-end and wholly unsatisfying jobs, Heidi Regan has finally broken free and is rapidly making her mark as an intriguing comedian with a unique voice. As a statement of intent, this marks her out as someone to watch.

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Heidi Regan: Heidi vs Sharks

  • 3 stars

The winner of BBC New Comedy Award 2017 explores our relationship with shark films.