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Michelle Wolf – So Brave (Bound And Gagged Comedy)

By | Published on Saturday 13 August 2016

Michelle Wolf Ed2016

‘So Brave’ isn’t your typical two star show – it’s a combination of a 4 and a 0. In her initially sweet-sounding delivery (that you soon discover is actually a bit dark), Wolf does some brilliant material on Ben Carson, men’s fake niceness, fountains epitomising Western extravagance, and period farts. Everything from her premises to her execution is hilarious. But interspersed within this material is retro misogyny and homophobia, with a dash of transphobia and ableism thrown in. This is confusing, because I could’ve sworn we’d established this was unacceptable ages ago and moved on. Being “dead inside” and “having no feelings” are not an excuse. We, the audience, have feelings, and violent and demeaning jokes fucking hurt.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Nina Keen]