Sarah Kendall: Shaken (4 stars)

Comedy as therapy as the Australian storyteller uses therapy for comedy

Sarah Kendall: Shaken

credit: Rosalind Furlong

A storytelling show about the power of telling stories, Sarah Kendall's latest long-form hour never fails to grip its audience. The Australian has truly found her comedy calling after initially thriving as a regular straight-down-the-line stand-up and it wouldn't be an over-the-top notion to suggest that she may be in the frame for an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination once again.

The title of Shaken has multiple meanings and references across her tale of the time she told a whopping great lie at school in order to make herself less unpopular and, more importantly, have her voice heard. Naturally her fib gets wildly out of control (having arrived at school dishevelled and bloodied, she claimed to have been the victim of an attempted abduction), dragging in the local press, a suspicious cop and the entire community: it's effectively all Ferris Bueller's fault.

Kendall's hour features a catalogue of excellent 'characters' from her faeces-obsessed mother who talks in non-sequiturs to an alcoholic librarian and the sarcastic police officer who ultimately comes good in the end. Most tellingly, we meet her therapist, fed up being spun exaggerations by a patient who appears to be trying out new material in their sessions. Thankfully, Kendall has found a far more appreciative audience for her work.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 28 Aug, 6.45pm, £10.50–£12.50 (£9.50–£11.50).

Sarah Kendall: Shaken

  • 4 stars

Sarah Kendall's new show is based around her experiences of a major earthquake that hit her small town in 1989. From this, we garner tales of stalkers, lies and overpriced sausages.


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