Sarah Bennetto's Funeral (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Sarah Bennetto's Funeral

Engaging comedy by loveable comedian despite lack of big belly laughs

On the night of this review, this wasn't the slickest or most populated of shows; it could have been an awkward experience but Sarah Bennetto is such a warm and charming performer that it really didn't matter and she comfortably puts us all at ease. Having confessed to her daughter that she'd play some 'nice hymns' rather than The Cure track she actually wanted, Bennetto has decided that her mother clearly can't be trusted to choose any decent music for her funeral so she has decided to take matters into her own hands.

As well as organising the music she's cherry-picked her mourners too and so, all (bar one) looking suspiciously like Bennetto herself, we meet her eulogisers: her nun teacher, distraught boyfriend Hollywood star Owen Wilson, and her opportunist friend with a business plan as well as a handful of family members.

Somehow Bennetto manages to make the notion of her own passing a joyous event as she whizzes through with her homemade costumes and props and a delightfully unhinged quality. Though there might not be big belly laughs to be had here, Bennetto is still engaging, naturally funny and loveable.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 23 & 24), 10pm, £9-£11 (£7-£9).

Sarah Bennetto's Funeral

  • 3 stars

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Stop all the clocks. Together we honour the life of Sarah Bennetto: comedian, bon viveur, Australian. She's dead. Dead, dead, dead. Tonight’s Order of Service will include: heartfelt eulogies, extended keytar solos and incongruous, scintillating product pitches. Flowers not necessary; impassioned…