Maisie Adam: Hang Fire (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Maisie Adam: Hang Fire

Pleasing follow-up to her Best Newcomer nominated show

Maisie Adam has a priceless idea for her second show and she doesn't even need to make it up. And that's where the description of her new hour needs to end for fear of giving it away. Adam's show overall is about making a mistake, doing something wrong but owning up to it, then saying you're sorry. There are famous examples dangling from a washing line: remember when Hugh Grant got caught in a compromising position in a car on Sunset Boulevard with a sex worker? Or Mick Jagger's weed arrest that also revealed what he was doing with a Mars Bar at the time?

Adam shares her own lie, one she strung out a little bit too long and therefore got into more trouble than she would have been had she 'owned it'. Of course, this should be echoing at the moment with anyone who has eyes and ears, and Adam briefly touches on the wider political picture featuring two Western leaders who favour the blanket denial of something that they did or said when footage actually exists of them saying or doing those things. In some ways it's a shame she doesn't take this further, but then it's not really their story.

Adam won So You Think You're Funny? in 2017, scooped the Amused Moose Award last year, and received an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination for her 2018 debut show. Hang Fire is a thoroughly respectable follow-up. It possesses a fantastic hook that many can only dream of and Adam has an easy presence on stage, throwing out punchlines like she's been doing it all her life. They might not all be at the belly-laugh level but Maisie Adam is still a pleasure to spend an hour with.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug, 5pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50).

Maisie Adam: Hang Fire

Maisie's second full-length show features the comedian trying to work out how is to blame, and for what.