Felicity Ward: Irregardless (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Felicity Ward: Irregardless

credit: Mike Baker Photography

Infectious energy in straight stand-up show full of exuberant, unexpected moments

Close to the top of Ward's show there's the most joyous introduction for a slightly tipsy medical receptionist you're likely to witness. Ward's show is full of exuberant, unexpected moments. Deciding that there's no reason that people with more regular jobs than hers shouldn't be introduced into the workplace with cheers and applause she's decided to arrange for Alice from the audience to have the same treatment as she had had just moments before.

Ward fizzes with energy (or maybe her anxiety disorder) that's infectious; it's easy to see why there's such a buzz about her. Her hour is pretty much straight stand up without gimmicks – well apart from the looping machine and auto tune app she's laid her hands on. Topics range from the more unusual junkie impersonations, splitting the crowd into their respective generations and pondering on what wisdom she can pass on to her new niece in an attempt to be a cool Aunt. Even when her routine swings by Embarrassing Bodies - surely the go-to TV programme for new comedians looking for inspiration – it still feels fresh.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug, 10pm, £11–£13 (£10-£12).

Felicity Ward: Irregardless

  • 4 stars

Get Comedy. As seen on Russell Howard's Good News. ★★★★ (Scotsman). ★★★★ (Time Out). ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). ★★★★ (List). Winner: Perth/Sydney Comedy Festivals 2012. Nominee: Melbourne Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe 2012. This is a ridiculous job. Who else gets a round of applause before they even walk into their…