- Yasmin Sulaiman
- 24 August 2016
This article is from 2016.
It's her party, and she'll talk about being black if she wants to
Lolly Adefope can't win. When she doesn't talk about being black, people think she should; and when she does, apparently she does it 'too much'. In this sequel to her debut hour in 2015, Lolly skewers these ridiculous accusations with a stylish display of multi-character comedy. It's witty, poignant and totally great – that the audience are instantly up on their feet at the end is testament to how many nerves she hits, and personal connections she makes.
From the overblown domestic goddess (a wonderful blend of Martha Stewart and Lloyd Grossman) to the shrill callcentre worker with the voice of an angel, Lolly slips between characters with ease. But the highlight is the game show host that she returns to again and again, using the character to punctuate the way people react to her race, and black faces in general. Lolly 2 is a smart, bold return from a skilled comedian, who's got plenty more to show us yet.
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