Elf Lyons: Pelican
Exploring the mad things mums do across a gleefully messy hour
This article is from 2016.
Following her mother's complaint that she didn't feature prominently enough in her daughter's comedy, Elf Lyons decided to make her the subject of a show. More specifically, the show was about wanting to kill her. It might sound a malicious premise but it's more about an excess of love rather than a display of hate.
In an hour that relishes the madness of mothers, there's material here for so many of us to identity with: the cap-lock text messages, the over-reactions when you forget to check-in that you've arrived safely, the bizarre phone calls when they've found something they think you need. Her analogy of an ocean of love is so elaborate and layered that it elicits a round of applause.
Lyons is a natural at holding court and the sense of ease among the audience is palpable from the moment she starts talking. The act isn't overly honed and is all the funnier for it, with fluffed jokes shared, and the creation of space for occasional improvisation. Lyons is in turn endearingly awkward, sexually frank and delightfully silly. By the end of the run she'll also be responsible for ruining many a pot of yoghurt.
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