Susie McCabe: Domestic Disaster
- Suzanne Black
- 16 August 2019
Warm and fresh trawl through familiar stand-up terrain
Stand-up comedy is a male-dominated business. Having previously worked as an engineer, this kind of environment is nothing new to Susie McCabe. She draws upon her experiences as a working-class, lesbian Glaswegian to offer her idiosyncratic and caustic perspective on modern life. Her material ranges over very familiar topics, such as the break-up of her marriage and a subsequent move back in with her parents, her reintroduction to the dating scene and later new relationship, and the annoyances of supermarkets.
McCabe bashes through such well-trodden comedy fodder with warmth and immense likeability, elevating the content with her personality and fresh angle. Especially good at conveying gleeful rage, she certainly has a lot of emotions about those supermarket check-outs. Without much of an overarching thread, the material loosely follows her theme of being deficient in the domestic sphere which leads up to an ending in which McCabe shares her thoughts on contemporary feminism as it actually works in real life.
Too many other comedians this Fringe have felt it necessary to comment upon the #MeToo movement without adding anything intelligent or insightful. McCabe provides a sanguine take on fourth-wave feminism and gives us concrete examples of how women can work to defeat sexism. And self-scanning machines.
Assembly George Square, until 25 Aug, 8pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).