Celia Pacquola: Let Me Know How It All Works Out (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Celia Pacquola: Let Me Know How It All Works Out

Hilarious, psychic-skirting Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy show

No one is ever likely to accuse Celia Pacquola of being the Derren Brown of Australian stand-up, yet the finale of Let Me Know How it All Works Out will have plenty in her crowds across the month exhaling a bit of a gasp. But perhaps the biggest intake of breath should occur at the fact that this perfectly affable comic has cranked up the quality from previous shows to deliver her best Fringe hour to date.

Hopping on before a packed-like-sardines crowd which is already fully on her side, she talks of some inherent contradictions in her life. She’s smart as a button with exam results to prove it (not the actual certificates, mind, so we’ll just have to take her word for it) and is a rational, modern woman. And yet, she allowed herself to go into a psychological tailspin when a fortune-teller gave her some bad ‘news’. A subsequent visit to her doctor for corroboration proves to be a hilariously awkward encounter.

In among all this, there’s chat about why Pacquola can’t bring herself to watch her only live DVD and the main reason that she can’t stand hipsters. It takes serious hard work to make stand-up look this effortless.

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Celia Pacquola: Let Me Know How It All Works Out

  • 4 stars

Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Russell Howard's Good News' award-winning comic Celia Pacquola.