Fern Brady: Power and Chaos (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Fern Brady: Power and Chaos

credit: Matt Crockett

A theme-free hour of sparkling comedy

Previously Fern Brady has addressed how the public perceives her and how she perceives herself, coming across as alternately confident and riddled with self-doubt. All that seems to have been cast away for this year's show, in which Brady owns the stage with an effortless authority. More importantly, she looks like she's enjoying herself.

Jumping from topic to topic with no need of conceits or even sticking to a theme, everything Brady turns her coruscating gaze upon falls prey to her comedic powers. Her hour features perceptions of the Scottish to her courting online infamy by baiting the DUP, as well as her thoughts on how to deal with catcalling and the ethics of using videos of cute baby animals as a mood enhancer.

The title of her show is Power and Chaos, with Brady exhibiting oodles of the former while seemingly having left the latter behind. This is an accomplished demonstration of a comedian ably balancing the relatable with the provocative and the personal with the political. We'd urge you to buy a ticket but her full run is close to being sold out. Luckily, she's about to embark on a UK tour as well as having filmed a stand-up special for Live from the BBC.

Monkey Barrel, until 25 Aug (not 12), 6pm, £7–£10 in advance or donations at the venue.

Fern Brady: Power and Chaos

  • 4 stars

Incisive comedy from one of Scotland's best up-and-coming stand-ups.

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