Susie Youssef: Check Youssef Before You Wreck Yourself (2 stars)

This article is from 2016

Susie Youssef: Check Youssef Before You Wreck Yourself

A clearly talented act but in desperate need of a writer

Taking the punning title of Susie Youssef's show in order to throw it right back at her, perhaps this Lebanese-Catholic act should take a big step back from her material and consider whether there's more she could do to avoid coming into difficulties. A perfectly likeable presence, Youssef is warmed up by her lookalike support Anya, an eastern European who can't stop flirting with her front row. Naturally this leads to a stream of insults that veer from quite subtle to not subtle in any possible way: what both types have in common is their utter predictability.

Before we know it, Anya has exited stage left (but she shall return) with the headliner charging up to the mic. Bouncing on and deliberately shifting her hair to one side as if to suggest 'and this is me!', Youssef delivers a mix of rather lame stand-up and sketches containing a vague whiff that this is where her talent sits more comfortably.

In one routine, she mimes against the lyrics of popular songs (eg 'Luka'?!) while her version of a car ad has us hobbling from the scene of that crime. There's a good show in Susie Youssef somewhere but this sadly isn't it.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 28 Aug, 5.15pm, £10.50–£12 (£9.50–£11).

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