Aisling Bea: Plan Bea
- Brian Donaldson
- 18 August 2015
This article is from 2015.
A caustic, sarcastic yet hugely loveable second Fringe hour from the Irish jester
A Best Newcomer nominee in 2013, Irish wag Aisling Bea had a year off the Fringe to recalibrate and she has come back yet stronger with a vibrant second hour. Her reputation certainly precedes her with a busy crowd containing the insider likes of Micky Flanagan, Clive Anderson and Arthur Smith (who attempts to steal the comic’s thunder at one point by offering a lengthy anecdote to a simple ‘has anyone ever … ?’ request from Bea).
First spied on stage in a bizarre disguise, Bea has a right old dance to herself as the crowd troops in. With little concern over whether she’s making herself look daft or not, the former drama student delivers an entertainingly frenetic and wildly sarcastic hour.
There’s clearly plenty material still to be mined from her upbringing, and here she reflects on her childhood desire to be American in general and, more specifically, a slo-mo lifeguard à la Baywatch. Stigma plays a large part in proceedings and she uses Jon Ronson’s recent book on public shaming as a trigger for further analysis, citing Max Mosley and Kanye West as diverse exhibits. Her own past as an extra in a pirate-rock music video acts as an anchor to this hilariously rambling set in which her own caustically ad-libbed asides are as funny as anything she may have scripted.
Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 30 Aug (not 19), 9.30pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).