Susan Calman: The Last Woman on Earth
A warm show from a friendly talent
This article is from 2009.
Susan Calman was once heckled by a guy who said he wouldn’t shag her if she was the last woman on earth. Taking his abuse as a launchpad, the premise of the pocket-sized Weegie’s show is that we’re all stuck in a bunker after a nuclear attack, and she is giving her Guide to the End of the World. Although Calman’s side projects include writing a film, a sitcom and fronting a political satire show with Des Clarke, here she’s chatting about her girlfriend, her love of chicken bacon bakes from Asdas (all Scots add ‘s’ to supermarket names, she explains) and her obsession with Cliff Richard and Princess Di.
It’s a warm show, delivered with relaxed chuminess, but her previous schtick as a jolly wee goblin has been replaced with a more confident sexual predator. ‘There’s a lot of women in my life, sweetheart,’ she sniffs with mock haughtiness, after not recognising an audience member who she met recently. Full of cute observations, rather than any real mould-breaking stuff, it seems like she’s a big talent, delivering a medium-sized routine.
Underbelly, 08445 458 252, until 30 Aug (not 19), 8.10pm, £6.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).