Looking Out for Linda (The Remix) (1 star)

A brutally unfunny set with characters that fail to connect

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Looking Out for Linda (The Remix)

Perhaps it's a testament to Sam Savage's power as an actress, but around 15 minutes in, she transforms herself from the Essex housewife (Linda Larkin) who greeted us at the door, and into an American motivational speaker. Sadly, that moment of intrigue buckles under the realisation that there's barely a joke to be had in another flat section within a confusingly oblique character comedy show.

Initially making some lukewarm comments about the poor seating arrangements in the room and the clatter of noise from next door, Sam / Linda swerves from time to time towards an Abigail's Party vibe as her bland main character attempts banter with the crowd but fails to find any gems among her responses. But could this inability to be even remotely amusing be part of a convoluted and clever conceit?

You'll be too distracted to care as the other set of creations limp into view, mainly a poetry club featuring lovely Rachel who is desperate to please and nihilist Barry who looks desperate to chop things up. There was some talk before the festival of Linda having a strong ten minutes. On the basis of this longer show, anything that might have remained bordering on quality has been squeezed into oblivion.

Cowgatehead, until 27 Aug, 5.30pm, free.

Looking Out for Linda (The Remix)

  • 1 star

Sam Savage / PBH's Free Fringe Linda Larkin is the creation of comedian Sam Savage. She came about when Sam got bored of the sock puppet and invested in a wig. This show is unlike anything you’ve ever seen (if you've never seen anything). Linda is Guess Who champion 2015, owns a talking guinea pig and believes the…

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1. Jane Faulkner24 Aug 2016, 9:26am Report

I literally, and with respect, wish to disagree strongly with the above review. On the day I went to Sam Savage's show she made us laugh- a lot- at the cast of crazy characters, and, with compassion, at Linda Larkin herself. It's the mark of a good comedy when you remember lines the next day and chuckle again....that happened to me and my husband. We were also moved, with tears in our eyes- this show gets 5 stars from me!

2. Sam Savage24 Aug 2016, 11:15pm Report

Thankyou Jane, I really appreciate that. The audiences that I have had have been fantastic with lovely feedback and reviews. For some reason the show does appear to have made Brian quite angry, hateful and out of his depth but each to their own. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

3. Sam Zafaran25 Aug 2016, 12:02am Report

Not sure if this reviewer saw the same show I did. I was laughing all the way through. I thought her comic timing was impeccable, and I loved the myriad characters she brought to life, in all their different ways. She reminded me a little of Victoria Wood (without singing) and Pam Ayres. I'm still laughing about Barry the electrician and singing to the guinea pig. Hilarious, and touching. Perfect Fringe show. Thanks Sam Savage.

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