Catriona Knox Thinks She's Hard Enough (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Catriona Knox Thinks She's Hard Enough

High-octane character frenzy from seasoned sketch pro at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

As Catriona Knox bounds around the stage, greeting her audience like a kangaroo on acid, you wonder how she’ll have the energy left for an hour-long show. But energised she is, firing full throttle through a clutch of characters, with the gallus pace and steely vigour of a seasoned sketch pro.

While her war-mongering, far right-loving cook at the start of the show and her hyper, Jesus-adoring Reverend Paul at the end raise a few decent giggles, it’s Knox’s takes on HRH Prince George, Nick Clegg, and an American social psychologist ‘with a lot to live for’ that truly entertain. The royal baby channelling Patrick Swayze in Ghost is enough to tickle even the laziest of funny bones while poor old Cleggers is easy pickings for someone with Knox’s eye for detail and penchant for a piss-take. Nestle in a manic psychologist with a grudge to bear at a TED talk, and you’re well on your way to comedy gold.

Our affable audience member Darren is a great sport when called upon to ‘assist’ at various points of this high-octane character show and by the end, it’s not just Knox who thinks she’s ‘hard enough’: we do too.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 12), 3.15pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).