Lucy Frederick - In Pursuit of Cool
Wild-eyed and delirious comedian would gain in tapping into her concealed madness
This article is from 2013.
Lucy Frederick really wants to be Miranda Hart. Although she never admits this over her sporadically amusing hour, it infuses everything about her performance, from her bumbling middle class demeanour and her attempts at physical comedy to her abject failure with the opposite sex.
Wild-eyed and delirious, Frederick details her floundering attempts at being cool. It's clear that this doesn't come naturally to her and there is some mileage in the dichotomy between her disposition and her vacuous aspiration. Although she presents herself as flappy and affable there are moments when a more interesting dark side threatens to take over, but this creeping madness never really erupts, and it's a shame, as without that frisson Frederick's meandering tales float off into the ether.
Towards the end, Frederick cajoles audience members onstage to perform a fashion parade. It's telling that this brings about the biggest laughs, even though it's a wholly haphazard conclusion, with a number of the audience stood around like they've been forgotten about. And when Frederick is reduced to handing out paper hats to her audience, one after another, it’s clear she has nothing more to say.
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