Jenny Bede: Eggtime
- Suzanne Black
- 22 August 2017
This article is from 2017
Accomplished musical act with a bawdy show about having children
Musical comedian Jenny Bede is here to tell all who will listen about her rapidly ticking biological clock and increasing desire to have a baby. Playing up the baby-obsessed cliché, she moves through the social pressures to have a child since all her friends are doing it, her inability to find a boyfriend who is on the same page, and the contemporary hell-scape that is dating apps, punctuating her accomplished stand-up with several musical numbers.
Her stand-up segments and songs combine to create a cohesive and original take on an old topic. A stand-out moment is her parody of a self-entitled white woman in the style of hip hop musical Hamilton and she gets extra props for believably working it into the theme of her show. Refreshingly, she hasn't committed the cardinal sin of many musical comedians and put all her best stuff out on YouTube.
Millennials come under fire for resisting public displays of affection and being generally immature, but are a lazy target in an otherwise refreshing take on contemporary dating (it's also a little jarring given that Bede would be considered a millennial herself by most definitions). Sex-obsessed and bawdy, this is probably not one to attend with your parents or children.
Pleasance Dome, until 28 Aug, 8.10pm, £10–£13.50 (£9–£12.50).