Jacqueline Novak: How Embarrassing for Her
- Brian Donaldson
- 19 August 2018
An exhausting hour which virtually sucks the life out of oral sex
An almost entire hour about the practical mechanics and psychological effects of fellatio might seem like the most Fringe thing ever, but in How Embarrassing for Her, it's a relentless and wearisome affair. Jacqueline Novak can certainly create a vast array of metaphors and similes about oral sex (and a few other topics when the mood takes her), but she packs them in far too frequently that you find yourself drowning in carefully chiselled allusions.
None of which is to say that Novak doesn't have talent; she has a strong stage presence and is very open to discuss her flaws, whether they are physical or mental: her inability to pronounce the letter 's' properly, for example, gets a substantial airing. Insisting from the top that her show is akin to 'Like a Prayer', the Madonna classic that plays as she walks onto her stage (it's both 'spiritual and sexual'), the hour turns out to be way less soulful or erotic than presumably intended.
'I indulge in hyperbole', reckons Novak after doing precisely that with yet another overly elaborate description of giving more inexpert head as a young woman. While she claims to have come on leaps and bounds in that area, we can only hope that she works extra hard on achieving the same with her comedy.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 5.45pm, £9.50–£12.50 (£8.50–£11.50).