The young Thora Hird gets down and dirty
This article is from 2008.
Judging by her light Geordie tones, you'd never find Sarah Millican staggering around the Toon with skirt hitched up to her neck, tanked up on Breezers and yelling filthy abuse at anyone with a member. Then again, even though she's been dubbed 'a young Thora Hird', it's hard to imagine her spending a quiet night in checking for cream crackers behind the sofa. Contrary to public perception, Sarah Millican claims to be on a hate campaign proving that she is, in the words of her show title, Not Nice; though as the hour reaches its conclusion, we discover the real reason behind the name.
A messy divorce has acted as the raw material for this splendidly coarse show, which only dips when she continues to pummel the 'nice ladies' in the audience for information. Millican has long been tipped as being on the verge of something great and though this debut Fringe hour might not quite be it, the signs are that a career at the high end of stand-up will last longer than her marriage.
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