Feminazi (3 stars)

This article is from 2015.


Sorting out the world, one misogynist at a time

The story of Aussie comedian Kirsty Mac's heroics forms the culmination of this, her first solo show. For those who don't recognise her name, she was instrumental in getting the 'pick-up artist' Julien Blanc kicked out of Australia, who then had his visa revoked in several other countries including the UK. Blanc had been plying his distinctly rapey tactics in 'seminars' on how to cop off with women.

She claims her campaign was the result of PTSD and too much whisky. Not that we'd like to wish such trauma on her but we're glad it produced such a fearless campaign, related here with as much wit as it has defiance.

The stand-up that precedes her tale has an equal amount of sass and straight-talking about her lack of a desire to have a baby (so stop asking) and her love of the penis: preferably attached to a fella. Mac has a confident demeanour with which she reclaims and lampoons the 'feminazi' of the title from the idiot that called her it. The show is a little on the short side and she leaves us wanting more. Can we send her to sort out Donald Trump now, please?

Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 31 Aug, 11.15pm, £10–£12.


  • 3 stars

Kirsty Mac We’re all a bit confused. Like, who pays for dinner on the first date? Do I walk through doorways first so you can check out my arse? Jump aboard the humanist adventure ride where everyone gets off feeling sexy. Like OMG, feminism makes me feel like cuddling a puppy and not focusing on whether it should have…


1. Sarah KW14 Aug 2015, 1:11pm Report

I'm sorry but I went to this show, and I really didn't enjoy it. I actually disagree with the three stars. I'm a feminist and I'm all about supporting any women trying to do their thing. I've seen a few other shows this Fringe about feminism or just generally by women (and plan on seeing quite a few more). Comedy in particular is definitely a man's world, and good on Kirsty Mac for creating a character that tries to challenge that. Some stuff was cool- she spoke in really quite a poignant and funny way about her dog, and her bit on 'cunt' wasn't too bad. And yeah, she is confident. But the fact that Kirsty Mac is a woman, that her show is called 'Feminazi,' and that I too am a feminist... none of that means that I'm not going to criticize something I've seen if I didn't think it was funny. I'm not sure she 'reclaims and lampoons' the feminazi of the title. She does a bit where she pretends some feminists are vultures and does imitations- feeding directly into the stereotype. Super cool that she found against Julien Blanc, but that doesn’t mean she spoke about it in a funny way. She likes penis? That's really clear, yeah. And she doesn't want to have a baby? Yeah. And her character recently broke up with her boyfriend, yeah. I mean I don't want to have a baby, and I do like penis a lot, and I've gone through break ups.... and I went to the show ready to listen to something funny about all of that. But it was just kind of about nothing really, said really loudly. It just wasn't funny. I don't know, to me it came off as though she was grasping a bit. I hope she reworks her material or her character though, and continues with this if it's her dream, and has a good life as a person in the world, but as for her comedy shows I won't be seeing any (or recommending any) that she does.

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