Diane Spencer: Seamless
An occasionally harsh hour of comedy about parenthood
There are plenty comics around who have Fringe shows about their marriage (impending or otherwise) and / or having children. But through the gifts of life and fate, Diane Spencer has been able to concoct an hour with her own spin thanks to her recently becoming a mother of fully formed children in the shape of two step-daughters. Spencer has much fun by pretending not to like them very much (that's a veil you sense will inevitably be dropped before Seamless is up), messing around with their names and suggesting the only good thing about the pair is that they're a trial run for the real thing.
Thankfully, all this domestic bliss hasn't taken the edge from the kind of caustic material which Spencer has always penned before delivering it with a twinkle in her eye and a sharp instrument in her hand as she prepares to slaughter a sacred cow or two. There are gags here about a Russian pal and Bangladeshi sweatshops which result in some audible intakes of breath.
In a show largely about parenthood in all its guises, Spencer's own mum and dad play a significant role, with the former showing a distinct lack of support and the latter throwing out bizarre acronyms when he's not spouting nonsensical rhyming slang. Spencer may have come to motherhood by dint of her fella, but she's succeeded in spawning another hour of light, shade and jet-black humour.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 29 Aug, 5.45pm, £9–£9.50 (£8–£8.50).