Jenny Collier: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Jen (3 stars)

Jenny Collier: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Jen

Alexis Dubus

A measured mix of full-frontal assaults on body image and lovely family portrait

By the time you've left the room, you'll know Jenny Collier's personal 'downstairs' habits and health pretty well. She certainly doesn't hold back. It's all enjoyably funny, frequently stepping over the polite conversation mark, but why the hell not? It's not as if there aren't plenty male comics who do that all the time. Still, there does feel something joyously liberating about Collier's frankness.

There's also a good amount of material time spent on the nonsensical relationship us ladies (and some men) have with their body hair or its removal: Collier has a particularly brilliant line about one of the advantages of a full, uncultivated garden. Indeed, the more she mentions our obsession with plucking, shaving and waxing, the more ludicrous it all seems.

Elsewhere the material is less corporeal as she creates a lovely picture of her slightly eccentric, potter dad plus a handful of tales about growing up in a small North Wales village. Though there are some diversions to chat with the crowd, overall Collier's delivery is measured, almost matter of fact, which only serves to emphasise the cheeky bits.

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, until 27 Aug, 5pm, free.

Jenny Collier: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Jen

  • 3 stars

Jenny Collier / Free Festival Following the success of last year's show, Jenny is returning with a brand-new hour of stand-up comedy. ‘Hilarious’ ★★★★★ (EdFestMag.com). ‘Brilliant… Everyone leaves wishing they were her friend’ ★★★★ (ArtsAwardVoice.com). Since last Edinburgh, Jenny has filmed her first TV show doing…