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Rachel Parris: It’s Fun to Pretend – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest

It seems there is no stopping Rachel Parris: a regular spot on BBC 2’s satirical comedy show The Daily Mash and a huge spat with Piers Morgan that sent her viral. She is also part of the improvised comedy troop, Austentatious who put a unique spin on the novels of Jane Austen, and now she is embarking on a nationwide solo tour.

With a keyboard taking centre stage, Parris informs us that tonight’s show will look at the ‘imposter syndrome’: a psychological pattern where individuals doubt their own achievements. Parris, by her own admission, is taken aback by how successful a year she has had. However, there is no need for such modesty because Parris is a super talented comic, singer and musician and for the next hour, we are treated to a blend of satirical comedy, razor-sharp tunes and well-observed routines about life, love and sex.

This is a one women variety show, with Parris demonstrating a rapier-sharp wit and a tremendous voice: material comparing a child’s grade 1 piano recital and ‘Brexit’ is bang on point, whilst the catchy tune “hen do on a train” highlights the perils of taking public transport with a group of lairy ladies is rude, crude and very funny.

Parris is a likeable and engaging stage presence. The format for the show is a simple but effective one, a good five-minute setting up the punch line, only this time the punch line comes in the form of a song. Throughout the show, she uses a slightly awkward persona as demonstrated in Rihanna style anthem: complete with a strong feminist message and some very awkward dancing.

Not all the material hits the mark, a routine advising women to freeze their eggs didn’t quite work, however, the closing song that takes a swipe at the X-factor ended the night on a high. Despite not having any huge laugh-out-loud moments, this was a fun show from an exceptionally talented performer whom you will be seeing more of in the not too distant future,

Reviewed on 23 September 2018

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