Abigoliah Schamaun: Post-Coital Confessions
An uneven road down which the US comic travels with her confessions
This article is from 2015.
The show title Post-Coital Confessions implies x-rated tales of Abigoliah Schamaun’s sexploits delivered with a wink, a nudge and a ‘did she really just say that?’. But the confessions she’s referring to are the non-sequiturs, revelations and truth-bombs that are blurted while languishing in a post-orgasmic afterglow. She uses examples of confessions she’s culled from the internet as a framework around which to unfold a narrative about making a sexual bet with her lover over the Brighton Marathon. These soundbites are neatly incorporated using simple but effective sound and lighting cues.
Abigoliah is a little shaky out of the starting blocks. A somewhat false start has her re-hashing the differences between Brits (her boyfriend) and Americans (herself) before making the obligatory references to Fifty Shades of Grey. After moving past the opening section, she picks up pace with personal anecdotes about her past relationships and, once in the narrative’s flow, she truly hits her stride.
Though some of what she presents as shocking is anything but, it’s Schamaun’s warmth and sincerity about the topic that allows her to cross the finish line victorious, taking the audience along for a thoroughly enjoyable ride.
Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 31 Aug (not 19), 5.15pm, £8.50–£10 (£7.50–£8.50).