Michelle Wolf: So Brave
- Brian Donaldson
- 8 August 2016
This article is from 2016.
Strong political satire diluted by weaker personal material
Given that she's worked for The Daily Show in its Trevor Noah era, it's no surprise that Michelle Wolf can find her way through to an incisive political gag. And in her Fringe hour, So Brave, this is where her finest material lies, delivering equal wrath on the doorsteps of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Though her best moments here are reserved for figures slightly on the peripheries: she has excellent musings on what kind of a First Man (?) Bill Clinton would be (she would love to see him conduct an official tour of the White House given his salacious history with the place) and on Ben Carson, that long-forgotten Republican candidate who occasionally made Trump seem sane-ish. And she has a very nice line on IS and the guy in charge of flag design.
Less successful are her personal anecdotes about dating and a text exchange she saved to use in the show. Wolf opens with the phrase, 'it's a great time to be alive'. Judging by the horrors we see reported in the media every day, you realise that she's probably just glad to be walking the planet in such a ripe old time for satirists.
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