Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone's Watching (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone's Watching

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Happiness examined in a great show about acceptance

There's a theory that happiness doesn't produce good comedy, so Suzi Ruffell begins Dance Like Everyone's Watching with an apology. She loves her job, is getting married, has made it onto the property ladder and – on top of all that excitement – got hold of a life-changing device, the NutriBullet.

Ruffell knows that a little bit of edge goes a long way over the course of a Fringe hour, and so takes a recent heckle ('she loves herself') and returns to it throughout the show. Dance Like Everyone's Watching becomes a proper meditation on happiness, both the kind that you get from love and other people, and the sort that comes from within. The finale is a trip to a Pride march in New York, an emotionally charged ending that discovers joy in acceptance.

Ruffell's improvement over the last few years has been truly impressive and this is another big step forward from her. She's a motormouth, rarely passing an opportunity to deploy a snappy wisecrack (not unlike Russell Kane during his late noughties heyday) but also vitally she understands the importance of (and is skilled enough to pull off) a tonal shift. With gags and gravitas galore, this is a deeply wholesome and intelligent hour of stand-up.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug (not 12), 8.30pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10).

Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone's Watching

  • 4 stars

The comedian discusses her currently happy state of being, and whether comedy can only arise out of misery.