Kelly Convey: Telephone Voice (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Kelly Convey: Telephone Voice

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An endearing tale about accepting where you come from

Telephone Voice is Kelly Convey's Fringe debut, and it very much feels like an introduction to herself and where she comes from, prepping us for bigger and better things in years to come. That's not to say this is a dull show; far from it. Convey takes us with her on her journey of upward social mobility, from her misspent youth as a Chatham chav, to high-flying jobs in the media and wine industries, and on to her foray into comedy. It's an exploration and, finally, acceptance of her working-class roots, as she realises that her roots have made her who she is today.

Convey is instantly likeable and engaging, and what's really striking about her performance is how assured it is for a debut. Her observations on class aren't particularly revolutionary, but this is a personal tale that's peppered with belly laughs. Although the overarching message of the show is focused on class, Convey strays into other areas throughout, including strong sections around accents, her experiences with dating shows (she appeared on First Dates to be paired with a man who insisted she couldn't be a comedian as women aren't funny), and her long wait for an engagement ring from her significant other. If this is just episode one of Kelly Convey's stand-up career, it'll be fascinating to see where she takes it next.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug, 7.15pm, £10 (£9).

Kelly Convey: Telephone Voice

  • 3 stars

Kelly Convey relives her 'errant teenage years' and her decision to become a comedian in her thirties.