London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck (4 stars)

London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck

credit: Karla Gowlett

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 Dispelling any outdated doubts about the place of women in comedy, London Hughes makes a case for showing rather than telling as she makes her feminist message irresistibly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).

London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck

  • 4 stars

Broken Robot / So Comedy in association with Curtis Brown From ITV2's The Stand Up Sketch Show, BBC2's Mock the Week and E4's Celebs Go Dating, join London in her debut at the Pleasance as she explores how as a woman, you can be incredibly awesome and successful yet incredibly single, and how f*ckin' ridiculous it is!

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