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Urooj Ashfaq: Oh No! (Soho Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2023

There’s a section of Urooj Ashfaq’s show where we see her willingness to discard jokes for her audience: if her set pieces about having a therapist weren’t making it apparent, she really wants the room to like her. It would be really hard not to like Ashfaq: she sparkles on stage, welcomes latecomers and is keen to offer translations when she references Indian culture. Despite describing her material as tame by Edinburgh standards, Ashfaq has some killer one-liners which are surprisingly devilish. They stand out against some less finely tuned segments, and there is some looseness around the overall show structure. A segment on work in progress one-liners is hilarious, and it’s a charming conclusion to the show when Ashfaq reads from her teenage diary.

Assembly George Square, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Louise Jones]