Micky Overman Presents: Presenting Miss Micky Overman (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Micky Overman

Dutch stand-up keeps her comedic promises and ends with a flourish

At last year's Fringe, a man was discovered to be masturbating during Micky Overman's show. She has gone on to write about this awful incident in a broadsheet, mentions it in her introductory voiceover, and comes back to it near the end of this hour. Clearly, it's a moment that has shaken her up, and suggests that a comedy room can't yet be considered to be a wholly safe space for women to work in, even, depressingly, at a liberal arts festival.

Onanistic abuse aside, Overman is here to discuss her own weirdness, a symptom detected in her as a child (the doll she had as a young girl was terribly ill) while she admits to writing this show in order to become less confusing for other people. Her USP is that she's a Dutch stand-up, and asides from Hans Teeuwen, no comic from that nation has made especially serious inroads on Fringe Comedy down the years. She lets us hear audio of some 'classic Dutch comedy' which could be brilliant or awful: her facial expressions suggest it's definitely the latter.

At the beginning she promises that her show will contain certain comedic tropes. And by the end she has certainly delivered that with a finale which is delightfully goofy.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug, 9.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Micky Overman Presents: Presenting Miss Micky Overman

  • 3 stars

IAM presents This brand-spanking-new hour by the 2018 Chortle Best Newcomer nominee finally answers the question no one is dying to have answered: 'where is she from?!'. It also covers: the value of friendship, the power of perception, the importance of agency and how to deal with terminally ill toys. Come watch as she…