Abigoliah Schamaun: Subtle (3 stars)

Charismatic hour feels like a full-on celebration of female sexuality


This article is from 2013.

Abigoliah Schamaun: Subtle

There can't be many acts with as much sass as Schamaun. Her second Fringe show, as she wryly notes, is all about her favourite subject, 'me'. As well as a few impressive sideshow tricks – you can still hear the sound of grinding glass echoing through your head hours later - the show touches on her upbringing in Ohio, moving to Harlem and, in the main, features material that is gloriously candid about her rampant promiscuity. In parts 'Subtle' feels like a full-on celebration of female sexuality.

Schamaun's a hugely charismatic figure and though the gags themselves aren't necessarily riotously funny the show itself is a riot. Her perfectly pitched and delivered forthright anecdotes sit very well with this appreciative audience making for a great gig.

But because she's so good at delivering those provocative statements and confessions there is a tendency to lean on them. It's her gimmick, but then right at the end she comes out with a wonderfully pieced together analogy concerning cake and men. It would be great to hear more writing like this – then she'd be near unstoppable.

Just the Tonic at the Caves, 556 5375, until 25 Aug, 8.55pm, £8–£10.

This article is from 2013.

Abigoliah Schamaun: Subtle

Filthy jokes and side show stunts (she'll stick a needle through her hand if you ask her nicely) from this New York comedian who has wowed at the Fringe recently.


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