Isa Bonachera: Wow! (2 stars)

This article is from 2017

Isa Bonachera: Wow!

Intense if patchy debut that still shows potential

Isa Bonachera breaks the ice before uttering a word, as she enthusiastically sweeps the microphone from its stand and breaks it. The former PHD student quickly recovers and launches into an introduction about science and the universe. It's a carefully scripted opener, with lots of facts and figures, but her delivery is rushed and some of the punchlines get lost as she moves swiftly onto the next segment, without letting the jokes bed in.

Bonachera settles once she starts on routines about her own life, while stories about the nautical club and being interviewed by a policeman at a rave are well-written and expertly delivered. During these set-pieces she seems at her most authentic, offering a brilliant blend of energetic and deadpan. She's also not afraid to get intense, locking eyes with a man in the first row as she attests that he is a dot in the universe and everything he loves will die.

Elsewhere it's as though Bonachera is trying on different humours for size; sometimes her punchlines are self-deprecating, lewd or edgy, on occasion just plain tasteless. There's a lot to enjoy in this debut set, and there will hopefully be more from this comedian as she finds her comic voice.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug, 1pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).


  • 2 stars

Isa Bonachera Wow! The universe is mind-boggling! Isa Bonachera presents her debut Edinburgh show. If you like to hear about people, places and things, this is the show for you. Failed scientist Isa Bonachera will take you in a journey through reality. You are guaranteed to learn nothing. Previous praise includes: 'the…