Roisin Conaty (2 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Roisin Conaty

‘Dickhead’ on a mission to achieve zen

This 32-year-old from Camden Market is on a mission ‘to get zenned out, and be more functioning’. With four and a half years of singledom playing on her mind, plus an appalling sense of direction (not good when trying to storm off after an argument, she grimaces), she feels she has a long way to go having only just moved out from her nan’s house. Roisin Conaty’s a pally sort, all chummy and warm with the crowd, with a lot of her set drawing on advice she’s had foisted on her by an invisible backstage cast of her mum, nan and some close female friends.

Cringing at her own ‘dickhead’ tendencies, she tells stories of drool-related shame during a massage and an inability to operate chopsticks (‘Why learn? I can’t even drive – I need to be careful what I use my brainpower for,’ she explains). But despite her likeability, a nervy delivery and an often impenetrable mash-up of ideas don’t do her material any favours. If the yoga relaxation classes she’s taking ever do finally pay off, it would be interesting to see the results of a more zen delivery of her stories.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug (not 15), 5.45pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).

Roisin Conaty on Russell Howard's Good News

Roisin Conaty: Destiny's Dickhead

  • 2 stars

Fosters Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2010, star of Russell Howard's Good News and The Angina Monologues, Roisin returns to Edinburgh with her second solo show, Destiny's Dickhead. In this show Roisin looks at the things that shape our lives, the choices we make and the batsh*t events that turn all our plans upside down. ‘A…

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