Felicity Ward (2 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Felicity Ward

Tales of poor Aussie upbringing lack bite

There’s no denying that Australian comedian Felicity Ward has stage presence. There’s something about her that’s instantly likeable, from the butter-wouldn’t-melt way she breathes numerous expletives to the sweetness with which she interacts with the audience. It’s a shame then that her show, based on strong foundations, is so flimsy. A hit at the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe festivals, Ward surrounds herself with paraphernalia from her childhood – from pre-adolescent poems about loneliness to unflattering school photos – and talks us through her awkward, poor upbringing on Australia’s central coast.

There are some engaging and funny stories here, including a particularly embarrassing encounter with former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, but many of her jokes have a blunt end and she lapses too quickly into her hip hop gangsta impression to fill potentially flat moments. What’s more, there’s little that’s ‘variety’ about her offerings, with her guitar lying idle for most of the show. Nevertheless, it’s likely that Ward will win over enough fans to return to Edinburgh in 2010. Hopefully, it’ll be with a sharper repertoire that’s more befitting of her agile performance skills.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 31 Aug, 9.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Felicity Ward's Ugly As a Child Variety Show

  • 2 stars

Winner - best newcomer Melbourne Fringe 2008. Felicity was ugly as a child. She had a pan toilet and a Beta video player until 1993. Instead of Easter eggs, she got carob. 'Brilliantly insane and insanely brilliant' (Chortle.co.uk).

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