Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You

A fizzy and fun Fringe debut exploring major life events

Angela Barnes is 37 years old, something that she seems just a wee bit hung up on judging by the amount of times she actually mentions her age during her hour-long debut set at Pleasance Courtyard. Luckily, those years of experience have left this fizzy comedian (who walked off with the BBC New Comedy Award back in 2011) with a stockpile of material that is nothing short of a comedy treasure trove.

In what feels like a whirlwind tour around the major events in most people’s lives (birth, death and marriage are all covered here) Barnes’ quick wit and wry observations take on everything from what to do with a godchild and how to properly dance to double-denimed rockers Status Quo.

The title of the show, You Can’t Take it With You, is inspired by her late father, a figure who looms large over her performance like a cheeky spectre. As a sex-shop owner, dedicated St John Ambulance volunteer and caravan enthusiast, it is little wonder he’s the source of a large chunk of her material. Angela Barnes’ spark is infectious and her delivery is fast, furious and seriously funny.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 24 Aug, 6pm, £7.50-£10 (£6.50-£9).

Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You

  • 4 stars

Self-deprecating humour and punchy one-liners from the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award-winner.