Jayde Adams Is Jayded
- Claire Sawers
- 6 August 2017
Classic outsider story is given a hilarious spin
There's much to love about Jayde Adams, a comedian who thought she'd try stand-up after the death of her younger sister gave her a wake-up call. Looking like a deadpan cross between the Divine-inspired Ursula from The Little Mermaid and Adele (working as an Adele impersonator is on Adams' long CV, as well as trying to be the 'world's fattest contemporary dancer' and touring Spain as a drag queen's assistant), the Bristolian has many hidden talents.
A nominee for last year's Best Newcomer award, Adams struggled to fit in at school, falling out with people regularly, but all those years of embarrassing rejection and binge-watching Edward Scissorhands are finally paying off. Not only has she rebooted herself as an out and proud lover of the body positive movement and full-fat Coke, she's stopped being a doormat and apologising for her love of musicals.
It's rare that a solo-woman duet from The Phantom of the Opera would count as a comedy highlight (an audience member is enlisted to point a fan in her face), but it's just one of many surprise skills she has (reciting films and lifting garden benches are two others in the show). Jayde Adams has found an oddball niche with excellent underdog charm. More power to her strong, Spandex-wrapped arms.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug, 9.30pm, £8–£12 (£7–£11).