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André de Freitas: What If

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

We all know pursuing a career in comedy is no easy ride, though the journey taken by Portuguese stand-up André de Freitas has been particularly eventful. In this hugely entertaining retelling of that adventure, we hear about the highs and the lows. Well, mainly the lows. The stint spent living in a rental car in New York. The nights secretly sleeping under the stairs of a London office. The realisation that even a possible side-line as a male escort wouldn’t provide enough income to pay rent. As he talks you through each hilarious low point – well, hilarious with the benefit of both hindsight and de Freitas’s comedic storytelling – you find yourself becoming ever more emotionally involved in this journey. There are more highs as things progress, though the real conclusion of the tale is this very show. What if he doesn’t pull it off? Don’t worry, he really does.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Chris Cooke]