Lucie Pohl: Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Real
- Arusa Qureshi
- 5 August 2019
Why online fame isn't all it's cracked up to be
Lucie Pohl's return to the Fringe after a two-year hiatus offers an entertaining insight into life as a video-game celebrity. As the voice of Mercy in Blizzard's Overwatch, Pohl is adored by players around the world for being the game's healer / guardian angel character. In reality though, life isn't as glamorous as those weeping fans at comic cons might think.
In a world of fake news, the New York-based comedian attempts to dispel the myths surrounding online fame, providing an hour that traverses topics which shatter the illusions projected by social media. From holding in farts in front of a partner to constructing the perfect post about a dead family member (only to have them actually survive), Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Real is a frank and often brutal look at life behind the filters and hashtags.
While Pohl's ill-fated tales of participating in comic cons around the world provide the hour's best moments, there are occasional issues with connectivity between her anecdotes, with some jumps getting muddled in the chaos of it all. Her quips about being German and the idiosyncrasies of that language, for example, don't always land or fit with the overall narrative. But it's her storytelling skills and attempts to convey her authentic self that ultimately provide the most laughs.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug, 9pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).