Catriona Knox: Hellcat (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Catriona Knox: Hellcat

Promising stuff from character comedian at 2012 Edinburgh Fringe

There's nothing quite like character comedy to enable a performer to both worry and interact with their audience. Before we've taken our seats Knox has taken on the role of saviour of mankind, taking note of audience members' names and organising them about the room. Inevitably the audience interaction doesn't end there and by the close of the show Knox's characters have given a very masculine looking woman a make over, condemned at least one unlucky soul to hell and flashed the room her engagement ring.

The writing may not be belly laugh-inducing but there's plenty of gentle humour to be enjoyed and there's no doubt that Knox is a skilled performer. Particularly impressive is a routine performed entirely in a language that seems to be a bastardised combination of German and Italian-sounding words – yet strangely we grasp what she's going on about. There's plenty of invention here too – a lovely, absurd sketch of a precocious four year old's first day at school is a particular highlight. Promising stuff.

Underbelly Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 27 Aug (not 13), 5.40pm, £9-£10 (£8-£9).

Catriona Knox - Hellcat

  • 3 stars

Mick Perrin for Just For Laughs Live. Back after last year's critically acclaimed hit show. This time the volume's been turned up even higher. Acutely well-observed and high octane, this is the ultimate in red-blooded character comedy. Including 80 rare-breed dogs, a cavalcade of dancing monkeys and one hellcat (line-up…

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