Appalling Carly Smallman (2 stars)

This article is from 2013

Appalling Carly Smallman

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Vaguely narcissistic debut hour

With this title, has Carly Smallman failed to be ironic? This debut set started stonkingly well with a song about brotherly incest, but degenerated into marginally twee compositions and skits about the comedian's six-year-old niece. A chance one-liner elicited the best response of the evening, but given the opening, her audience might have been left expecting something a little more risqué. The end result was rather sweet and endearing, totally at odds with the initial shock.

There's a healthy dose of good guitar playing and wry wit from this likeable comic, but her act is perhaps better suited to a gathering in the local pub amongst friends. Much of the camaraderie was directed at the female members of the crowd which may have left the males feeling marginally alienated.

That said, it might have been tricky for many to connect with Carly Smallman’s slightly narcissistic music, given that this hour included a love song about herself. Ultimately, this is a show with a rather narrow focus, though it’s not wholly without broader potential.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 25 Aug (not 13), 7.30pm, £8–£10 (£6–£8).

Appalling Carly Smallman

  • 2 stars

RBM. Carly Smallman is appalling. At 27 she thinks she will probably never own a house, meet the one or stop watching cartoons. She tells strangers that she works for NASA just to sound more exciting, and binge eats in public changing rooms. A warm, honest and very funny stand up show (with songs) which looks at the…