Reviewer: Matt Farnham
In her return to the Edinburgh Fringe, Amy Howerska brings her usual brand of sassy, bawdy and direct comedy. In Smashcat the follow-up to last year’s Sasspot Howerska talks about the loss of her greatest idols and her realisation of the need to settle down, dressing up and relationships.
Gone are the days of hedonistic partying replaced by dinner parties and storage ideas, no more invites on holidays until she’s in a stable partnership, but Amy doesn’t care, that much. Amy Howerska guides the audience through her conversations with a 16-year-old “daughter”, comparisons between One Direction and David Bowie, being harassed on trains and her best friend scaring off men.
Howerska’s unswerving style allows her to bluntly tackle the everyday trials and tribulations she faces with a charm that her words do not offer. Howerska’s use of voices is a really stand out here as she adds a depth to each of the friends she mimics during her performance sliding between Nordic and New York Jewish with a brilliantly displayed story for each.
Smashcat is a rambunctious and raunchy look at the life and thoughts of a 32-year-old struggling to come to terms with what society expects you to have achieved.
Runs until29 August 2016