Zoe Lyons - Pop-up Comic
Incredulous fast talking way honed to perfection
This article is from 2013.
Pop-up Comic may well refer to the irrepressible Lyons’ ability to find work (or ‘be available’, as she puts it) in the oddest of places – she takes the piss gently out of herself for appearances on Celebrity Pointless and University Challenge (‘Not even the celebrity version!’), in her incredulous, fast talking way that’s been honed to penetrating near-perfection.
Lyons’ lack of narcissism looms over the hour, her awkwardness and self-deprecation creeps in and out like an unwanted tattooed guest on The Alan Titchmarsh Show (yes, that happened too).
Primarily concerned with her disinterest in being ‘cool’ anymore, she also picks her way, silver-tongued, through some of the more surreal things about life: gangsta pigeons, dogs in prams, and why you should never eat tapas with her (‘you will lose’).
Don’t go thinking you won’t come away with extra knowledge too; get ready to learn stuff – primarily about adolescent flatfish, but also about the slightly mental life of a ‘middle-aged’ (not really), childless, lesbian stand-up who isn’t afraid of dying unless it’s from embarrassment after an unfortunate anorak zipper-related mishap.
The Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, until 25 Aug, 10.30pm, £10 (£9).