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Bridget Christie - A Bic for Her
Published on Friday, 16 August 2013
4

4 stars

The Stand Comedy Club II (venue website)
Comedy
3-11, 13-25 Aug, 11:10am-12:10pm
Reviewed by Mathilda Gregory

 Recommended for age 14+ only.

In last year’s War Donkey, Bridget Christie talked about her new-found interest in feminism. Since then, she’s made a very funny radio show about the subject – and now has created a full hour on sexism, and how she thinks it ought to be tackled.

A Bic for Her is full of smart funny ideas. Christie rails against sexist sporting commentators, and lurid lads’ mags which are displayed in view of kids. She’s quite outspoken in choosing tackling easy targets – freely admitting she isn’t sure how to make domestic violence or genital mutilation funny. She also scoffs at the frequent criticism that feminists have no sense of humour, simply explaining that social justice doesn’t need to be funny (despite the fact that this show really is very funny indeed).

Christie also acknowledges that no-one is as surprised as she is, about how successful the addition of feminism to her comedy has been. And it’s true, this show has received more attention that any Christie has done. It’s a little disappointing though. Because although this show is great, it is rather less inventive than her previous Edinburgh hours. Christie’s feminist comedy plays it far straighter than her previous shows, which were full of madcap surrealism, and it’s a real shame she hasn’t kept her unique style as part of what she’s doing here.

But despite that, this is still an excellent show, full of smart observations and fuelled by genuine anger. Christie is leading a timely revolution in comedy, that offers a real alternative to the laddish offerings Edinburgh is sometimes known for.

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