Jessica Fostekew: Imaginary Colin
An amiable hour with an act who has found her stand-up feet
This article is from 2015.
Jessica Fostekew feels the need to apologise and reassure her crowd that she won’t be banging on about her pregnancy for too long. But given she’s not too far off giving birth, it was always a subject that had to be addressed and in a sprightly introduction, she tackles the debate that’s been raging within herself between womb and brain. The biggest loser appears to be her taste buds with all that lovely alcohol, she’s no longer able to consume; though she will do her utmost to find that snippet of published medical advice that tells her boozing during pregnancy is actually just fine.
Perhaps predictably her general subject area is an ongoing concern about the messed-up world that she’ll bringing her child into (the Imaginary Colin of the title). In particular, death and memory are integral parts of the mix, both represented by her grandfather, though she does have her own near-death experience on the roads to retell.
Fostekew is a relaxed comic whose years of experience have shaped her into a capable act, whose amiability is her strongest suit. Her hour here isn’t the most urgent on the Fringe, but it zips by with goodwill off the scale.
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