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Sara Pascoe: Animal – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall

Following on from the publication of her book Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body’, Sara Pascoe continues to tour her show dealing with this subject matter. Regular TV guest on panel shows aplenty including QI, Room 101, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week and a spot on Live at the Apollo it is fair to say that she has become a recognisable face over the last few years. In Animal we get to see a much more personal glimpse inside her brain.

Sara Pascoe is thirty-five and recently single for the first time in fifteen years and Sara Pascoe can talk … a lot – which as a stand-up comedian is a good thing. But, Sara Pascoe can really talk – fast. Try and keep up with her if you can throughout her ninety-minute routine. Clad in Mario Brothers leggings she is like a puppy on speed – lovable but in need of a little training. She bounds across the stage veering from one topic to the next, hardly stopping to take a breath and telling us everything she possibly can about herself, her life and her opinions before some Pavlovian figure may ring a bell.

Pascoe doesn’t really do jokes or, indeed, observations. There are no real punchlines or carefully constructed wordplay. Her comedy style is rooted much more in general … stuff – about her, her life and being, as she so often reminds us, a thirty-five-year-old woman.  She doesn’t really do audience interaction either so those nervous people who find themselves on the first few rows are totally safe. In fact, Pascoe confesses at the beginning of the show that she will talk about herself for the next ninety minutes and unashamedly does so. At times it feels a little self-obsessed but given the fact it is self-confessed it is difficult to lay the blame anywhere.

Topics range from the Uber phenomenon to ex-boyfriend’s mother’s underwear, to selfies and American television. One of the stand out lines of the night concerns having to catch up with Friends years later: “I never saw Friends because I had them” she succinctly sums up. But Pascoe also shares such much more personal information about serious relationships that are now over and her attempts at trying to be a mother in the not so distant past. With Pascoe’s comedy things sway from the frivolous one moment to the all too serious: RuPaul’s Drag Race in one breath and getting through life in the next.

Pascoe is a comedian who can talk to her own kin. A mixed audience she certainly strikes more chords with the women in the audience. With a routine that could be mistaken for a monologue rather than a symbiotic audience/performer relationship, Pascoe zooms through her show like a woman with a lot still to do in her life.

Reviewed on 31 March 2017 | Image: Contributed

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