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Sara Pascoe vs the Apocalypse
Published on Wednesday, 17 August 2011
4

4 stars

Pleasance Dome (venue website)
Comedy
3-15, 17-29 Aug, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Reviewed by Mathilda Gregory

 Recommended for age 14+ only.

Sara Pascoe believes the end is coming, but it will be fine because she’s going to survive (for very tenuous reasons)... and then she’ll rebuild society using her own unique skills. This loose ‘if I ruled the world’ concept is a nice hook on which Pascoe can hang just about anything. And she does!

She has great jokes, and innovative takes on well-worn subjects like pornography and relationships.   She also delivers the show with a delightful sass and swagger, and her knowing asides and additions work well, almost as if she were giving us footnotes to her material. It feels like she’s on your side. Pascoe creates, remarkably quickly, a sense in which we are all a gang; perhaps it is her frequent references to her own insecurity, but it’s almost as if we feel protective of her.

Some of her jokes are very, very good: there's a silly mime about her failed relationships, and a disturbing investigation into the nature of repopulating the world when, after she and a man she has brought back to life start breeding, the next generation are going to be faced with some stark choices if they are to continue the job.

Pascoe makes it quite clear in the show that her strange, silly humour is not for everyone. In fact she claims to have addressed this and, being a people pleaser, says she has now created a show that has something for everyone... but that no one will completely enjoy. Yet this conceit is the complete opposite of the truth. Pascoe’s show will divide opinion: she has a lot of solid jokes, but she presents them in an oblique, backhanded way, and it’s a bit of work to find them. Speaking personally, I found the show all the better for its mysterious ways.

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