Hannah Gadsby (4 stars)

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This article is from 2009.

Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby’s domineering, Catholic mammy has plenty to answer for. She dressed her youngest daughter in beige tracksuits and pleated purple golf shorts, treated serious injuries with Tupperware and spoke in an unintelligible personal code: you’ll never guess what the show’s rather odd title, Kiss Me Quick I’m Full of Jubes, means in Mrs Gadsby’s world. Those parenting skills may have bordered on negligence but they did gift this amiable Antipodean a rich seam of comic gold, which she mines with aplomb.

With a self-deprecation that borders on flagellation, the chunky, bespectacled Gadsby goes from childhood in Tasmania (‘famous for its frighteningly small gene pool’) to eventually coming out to her stiflingly conventional family. Along the way we hear about a traumatic recent encounter with a personal trainer and the BMI (‘I’m 56% fat-free’ she announces with a mix of pride and weary resignation) and an alarmingly lengthy history of accidents and ailments. A lesser talent might have turned mother into a one-dimensional monster: instead Gatsby, with deadpan delivery and razor-sharp wit, makes her the basis of a minor comic masterpiece.

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 30 Aug (not 17), 7.20pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

This article is from 2009.

Hannah Gadsby - Kiss Me Quick I'm Full of Jubes

  • 4 stars

Hannah is an award-winning comic who just wants a quiet chat about the importance of self-destructive behaviour and the benefits of defective memories. 'Deadpan perfection.' (Edinburgh Skinnyfest).

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1. West coast teacher15 Aug 2009, 11:03pm Report

Obviously funny lady, not sure about her hangups. I quite enjoyed the show but my friend felt uncomfortable about the constant self-deprecation. Maybe different material might make a difference.

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