Sarah Keyworth: Pacific (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Sarah Keyworth: Pacific

Feelgood hour of consummate stand-up

After a triumphant debut year featuring a cherry-topped Best Newcomer nomination, Sarah Keyworth follows it up with another confident and accomplished hour which tackles some big things as well as the more minor aspects of existence. The title Pacific appears to be a one-line throwaway about her dad's propensity for saying that word when he actually means to say 'specific'. But it might well stand in for the difficulties we all have for getting this thing called life right all the time, especially when we live in an era when any tiny error can be jumped on by a baying online mob.

Keyworth starts amiably from the off, boasting a new haircut while apologising to anyone who thought they were here to see a woman and not a teenage boy. She then digs into the details of her four-year relationship with fellow comedian Catherine Bohart (the other side of that story can be heard across the Pleasance Courtyard around the same hour, a time-clash which Keyworth puts down to a deliberate act of babysitting by her partner).

Things do get a little serious when Keyworth recalls the time she was sexually harassed at an Australian comedy festival by someone in a position of influence, but in the main, this is a feelgood hour of well-crafted stand-up.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug (not 12), 5.45pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).

Sarah Keyworth: Pacific

The Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee considers the small stuff in her latest hour.