Joanne McNally: The Prosecco Express (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Joanne McNally: The Prosecco Express

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Joanne McNally's forte is interacting with her audience and thinking on her feet. Faced with a nearly full room, she does not shy away from shooting question after question to the people in front of her. She always has an amusing quip locked and loaded, ready to be fired back, without losing track of the major threads.

The Prosecco Express is well put together. All ages can relate to her stories of being at that stage of her life where all she does is be the single woman that has way too many 'pagan weddings' to attend (and prosecco to drink). Tales about her two best friends are a staple in McNally's work, but you cannot blame her when they can so easily elicit laughter. On the topic of repetition, her last Fringe show also sported an alcoholic theme and, unfortunately, a couple of the same jokes.

There is a thread through the set about McNally trying to find her place in the world, which comes across as effortlessly feminist, and goes oddly well with the moments about her refusing to be buried with her mother. It's not mind blowing, but not all comedy needs to be. Sometimes, just being plain funny is more than enough.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 26 Aug (not 13), 6.25pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50).

Joanne McNally: The Prosecco Express

  • 3 stars

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