Sara Pascoe (2 stars)

This article is from 2010

Sara Pascoe

Disappointing debut from Freud-studying comic

Given that she’s performing her debut solo Fringe hour, the fact that Sara Pascoe is directing two other shows by more experienced comics might have gone a little to her head. Then again, this show is entitled Sara Pascoe vs Her Ego, and judging by the few genuine laughs that this set garners, neither part of her psyche seems to be on top. It may be part of the act, but Pascoe seems somewhat distanced from her audience, a situation perhaps not helped by a flat beginning about the curse of the heckler. Such a start will only ever result in putting an crowd on edge, making them feel that the vulnerable stand-up before them cannot be relied on to deliver.

Tragically, this is how it turns out with her role-plays and quizzes and ropey material about the Take That reunion failing to ignite her performance or the room. While a Lady Gaga spoof on the ukulele provides temporary relief, it comes as no shock when a mobile phone going off halfway through completely knocks Pascoe back off the rails. A crushing disappointment from an act who will surely get better.

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Sara Pascoe vs Her Ego

  • 2 stars

The stunning debut Edinburgh show from Time Out magazine's rising star. With a unique style of comedy, Sara fuses high intellect with the surreal and playful. Her razor sharp wit, one liners and hilarious left field view of the world ensure she is a true original. Television includes 'Free Agents', 'Campus' (series…