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Wendy Wason – Hotel California (Bound and Gagged Comedy by arrangement with Vivienne Clore)

By | Published on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Wendy Wason has just enough of a dark edge to her comedy to raise some of those guilty, I-shouldn’t-be-laughing-at-this kind of chuckles. Her material is personal and risks alienating those in the audience without kids, but her likeable stage presence stops me from switching off. As she relates the story of her family’s ill-fated trip to LA, complete with the culture shock of good customer service and scarily expensive hospital bills, there is a point where the show takes a slightly more serious turn. Though she makes a good argument against NHS privatisation in this country, the tone can be jarring when funny turns political. Still, Wason remains a natural storyteller and is someone with whom you’d happily while away a few hours in the bar.

Gilded Balloon, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Laura Gavin]