London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck
- Suzanne Black
- 14 August 2019
An irresistible hour of filth and feminism
Just so we're clear, the asterisk in this show's title is hiding an 'i' and not a 'e', 'o' or 'u'. A show about decks, docks or ducks might be fine, but it wouldn't be London Hughes' 2019 tour de force, a whirlwind stagger through her sexual history. That 16+ rating is not to be taken lightly: between the frank discussions of her dating life, foray into foot fetishism, and some highly educational sex tips, the metaphorical d*cks fly thick and fast, with the material X-rated in nature and earning an A+ rating for quality.
Although a couple of the stories about her exes fail to match up to some very dizzy heights here (the picnic in the park anecdote for instance), they provide a few minutes' respite from almost constant belly laughs. Hughes repeatedly tells the audience how funny and talented she is. This is not only a good strategy for dealing with the mountain of awfulness that comes her way for being a black woman in the world today, but it also just happens to be true. Dispelling any outdated doubts about the place of women in comedy, London Hughes makes a case for showing rather than telling as she makes her feminist message irresistibly entertaining.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug, 8.15pm, £9–£11 (£7.50–£9.50).