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Ria Lina – School of Riason (Ria Lina)

By | Published on Thursday 7 August 2014

Ria Lina’s decision to base a comedy routine on home schooling her children is, as she herself confesses, unusual. A trailer for the show makes a promising opener, and the use of social media screenshots has the audience joining her in her despair for humanity. But unfortunately it’s all more or less downhill from there. Astute political observations (and one lengthy, mind-boggling maths pun) show that Lina is clearly a highly intelligent woman. But, as ‘School of Raison’ periodically descends into cheap, ukulele-based humour, our impression of her is somewhat ruined. Much of what she says makes for interesting listening, but it sadly feels out of place in a comedy show.

Gilded Balloon, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Stephanie Gray]