Jessie Cave: I Loved Her (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Jessie Cave: I Loved Her

Neurotic, kooky character comedy verging on performance art

Awkward in manner, with huge glasses and pigtails, Jessie Cave appears as a cross between the ‘Overly Attached Girlfriend’ meme and Matilda. Her cardboard props take homespun whimsy to a new level of childishness and are drafted in to represent the important figures in her life – her comedian boyfriend, her baby and the internet – as the socially anxious social media addict recounts her foray into motherhood.

Much of what she refers to takes place online – her obsession with constantly updating Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and hanging on the updates of others. The disconnect between one’s digital and real persona is a fitting metaphor for the disparity between a comedian and her stage persona and it is difficult to see where Cave the performer ends and Cave the character begins. Her website is a treasure trove of videos and projects all contributing to the singular version of her as neurotic, kooky and innocently audacious. Her boyfriend and baby do exist, something the show doesn’t necessarily suggest.

Cave goes beyond character comedy: her entire public life is like an extended piece of performance art and to gain a glimpse into her idiosyncratic world for an hour is a delightful outing.

Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 30 Aug, 5.30pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Jessie Cave: I Loved Her

The actress, comedian and cartoonist reveals all her insecurities, jealousies and fantasies via shadow puppetry, masks and her little book of confessions.