Maddie Campion: Truly Maddie Deeply
- Suzanne Black
- 18 August 2019
Quirky moments and delightful conceits fail to mask the lack of solid pay-offs
There's plenty to like about Maddie Campion's 45-minute stand-up show. She turns to that faithful treasure trove of material – her dating life – along with time spent studying abroad in Mississippi to string together some anecdotes and observations. A lovely conceit concerning a ghost and a repeated return to her predilection for skateboarders are highlights, adding cohesion and direction to the stuff in between. However, those in-between bits fail to fully measure up. Promising set-ups often stop short of a punchline and the pay-offs don't yield as many dividends as she seems to expect.
In a risky and odd gambit, Campion ends a few sections by deliberately introducing a maudlin vibe, but since she has very little laughter capital to spare, trying to bring the vibe back up again is an uphill struggle. Likewise, a reference to gun crime that doesn't add much to the set or offer any wider observations on the issue feels gratuitous in the current news cycle of seemingly endless mass shootings. It only serves to further dampen the mood. Campion's fresh-faced delivery and sprinkling of quirkiness hint that she has a better show inside her. Hopefully we will get to see that one next time.
Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market, until 25 Aug, 2pm, £6 in advance or donations at the venue.