Gráinne Maguire: Guys... It's Problematic
- Claire Sawers
- 15 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Intriguing affair about angst and insecurity with a few wrong moves
The strongest and funniest sections of Gráinne Maguire's set are the honest bits where she talks about her decision to never relax, her maniacal need to chase fame, and her habit of comparing herself to others. She describes her creative process, or as she puts it, 'the magic comes when you try to escape your feelings!' Maguire makes interesting inroads towards some nice angsty stuff about bitterness and insecurities, all presented in a very smiley, chummy way. 'Old people love me!', she beams, while describing her passion for visiting royal historical palaces.
The sections that are less successful rely too heavily on well-trodden material, and her lines about overpriced flat whites or Brexit don't make for great gags here. Then there's the problematic bit (the clue was always there in the title) where she drops in dodgy comments about her 'little Indian boyfriend'. Maybe slagging off his 'poppadum face' and 'dusky good looks' isn't the best way to add an edge to her comedy.
Gráinne Maguire is a very comfortable storyteller and she gravitates naturally to real talk rather than phony stuff, but it still feels like the writing has a few problems to smooth out if she wants to gather more momentum.
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