Rachel Stubbings: Doing It For Himself (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Rachel Stubbings: Doing It For Himself

Unusual talents and clumsiness abound in well thought-out show

A self-dubbed ‘functioning moron’, Rachel Stubbings hands out sweets to the gathering throng as we troop in. An introductory gag about Derek makes you wonder whether she knew that the programme’s female lead, Kerry Godliman, was in the crowd; this is either swift thinking on her feet or a pre-planned joke for a mate. Whatever the truth, it belies one of the main thrusts of her show, that she’s actually a bit dim. No one who can lay on a Fringe show for an hour is as low on brain cells as Stubbings insists she is and this particular thread fails to be convincing.

Ringing far truer is the sense of her clumsiness and getting herself into spots of bother, including making an arse of herself at a wedding where she is asked to leave, heading home in a funk and making matters ten times worse with a neighbour.

An energetic dance routine which is fuelled by her delusional state of being invaded by celebrities keen to mingle with her is the choreographed oddity which makes it all too clear that Stubbings is totally in control of proceedings and fully aware of her admittedly unusual talents. It’s difficult to know where she would go next after this, but it’s certainly not headfirst into the mainstream.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug, 3pm, £8-£9 (£7-£8).

Rachel Stubbings: Doing It for Himself

  • 3 stars

Live Nation in association with Mike Leigh Associates ‘Brilliantly funny … destined for hugeness!’ (Time Out). ‘Sharp act’ ★★★★ (Metro). The runt in a litter of brainiacs and never one for school, Rachel's learned by trial and error, borrowing opinions from her big brothers, when she didn't have appropriate views of her…