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Joanna Neary – Youth Club (Joanna Neary / The Stand Comedy Club)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2011

Falling awkwardly between character comedy and straight stand-up, ‘Youth Club’- a story of life, love and craft in the 1980s – never quite lives up to its promise. Neary creates amusing, accurate teenage characters with simple changes in body language, and it is here that the show shines. The supporting characters are funny, and Donna, the main character, takes us on hilarious, humiliating, Weetabix-fuelled flights of fancy. However, when Neary slips out of character to narrate or talk to the audience, the show instantly suffers. Fluffed lines and wayward accents at the dénouement don’t help, either. There is potential here; Neary just needs to trust her characters to tell the story and the laughs will come.

The Stand Comedy Club V, 3 – 28 Aug (not 4, 15), 3.50pm (4.50pm), £8.00 – £9.00, fpp99.
tw rating 3/5