Reviewer: Matt Forrest
Regardless of your political opinions, the general election has been and gone, and was at times an exhausting exercise in democracy, as certain aspects of the media slung hefty sized boulders of mud at our politicians. It made for grim reading really. What was needed was a huge dose of light relief and luckily enough, I was going to see Zoe Lyons on her Mustard Cutter tour, where she most certainly ticked the right box.
Lyons is one of Britain’s top comics, recognizable from appearances on Mock the Week, Pointless Celebrities, and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Following a successful run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, she has taken her tour out on the road.
Bouncing onto the stage with zest and energy, this sets the tone for what is going to be a fun night. It’s not long before the election is mentioned to great effect, which plays nicely into what is the heart of her latest show, class and snobbery. Inspired by a move to a posher, more affluent part of town in an attempt to better herself, Lyons hits us with a witty, well observed, a fast paced routine that has something for everyone.
Lyons covers a wide range of topics including, equal marriage, driving insurance, ageism, sexism, British cuisine, mortality and of course UKIP, all linked together by the perceptions we have of one another. Stand out moments include Lyons first experience of a funeral, as some startling revelations are revealed of a friend she had known for 10 years. There are also nods to etiquette at dinner parties, where we are informed of the benefits of taking a box of wine rather than a bottle to your next social gathering.
What marks Lyons out as such a great comic is her acting ability. She uses her voice and facial expressions to portray a large number of characters to great comic effect. They include trendy beardy hipsters and cocaine snorting grannies.
She has a great rapport with the audience interacting with some brave souls, who dared to sit at the front. However Lyons isn’t the sort of comedian who uses her audience as a prop for cheap laughs, she uses them more as a tool to weave back and forth into her well executed and polished material.
Bringing the proceedings to a close with a routine highlighting the snobbery of Tiffany’s saleswomen, who looks like a horse. You can’t help but be impressed by Lyons unrelenting high energy delivery. This is a good fun show with plenty to say about modern Britain and well worth a watch.