Bay Citee Molars
Ben Van Der Velde
Boy With Tape On His Face
Brian Damage & Krysstal
Bethany Black at the Revels Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2007
Bethany Black in the Birmingham heat of the Revels Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2007
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|Comedy Showcase: Bethany Black|
Bethany Black: Love and a Colt 45
Bethany Black returns to the Fringe with another confessional show about her life, with a positive message relayed through tragic stories. Having already dealt with her transsexual lesbianism in last year’s show, she now bares her soul about her addictions to alcohol, drugs and destructive relationships.
These are heavy topics to deal with as an act and as an audience member but Bethany’s assured delivery and confident acceptance of her failings creates the comfortable atmosphere which gives her licence to discuss the darker side of her life.
With some back story about her difficult upbringing in a small town and the reactions of her peers to her alternative lifestyle, we move on to the issues that have led her to write this hour.
With only Jerry Springer guests as role models, and a dark depression looming over her, she turned to drink and a stream of relationships that were her lifeline to happiness regardless of how damaging they were.
Dark as this sounds Black has a knack of turning the tragedy into comedy with hilarious tales of first date mishaps that leave the audience blushing on her behalf but laughing uproariously.
There are occasional slips in form with segments like the childhood photo of her drinking her dad’s beer feeling overly long, and slipped into the narrative to extend the story. Much more interesting are the exploits of the recently dumped Black scorching her ex’s name into a lawn using burning lard.
This is very personal stuff and with such unique insights and anecdotes it makes for an interesting and poignant hour that is entertaining and honest, but not consistently funny. It is always moving, though, and you feel you get a genuine snapshot into Black’s compelling background.
Black concludes that the needless resentment she has carried in her life has damaged her and her relationships, and moulded her addictive personality. Only with this realisation she has found the strength to move on.
This show may be therapy for Black but the chance to gain some happiness has been extended to her audience, which leads to a beautiful, inventive and incredibly moving climax that has to be experienced. It may not be comedy, but life-affirming, it certainly is.
|Date of live review: Monday 24th Aug, '09|
Review by Corry Shaw
Wednesday 25th Oct, '06-
Show - Misc live shows - Wednesday 25th Oct, '06-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2008 -
Great act with so much warmth that she can get away with the most saucy material - a real hoot!
She compered for me at the Aspinall Arms last night when I booked her I wondered how a City dwelling lesbian goth would go down with an audience in a very rural country pub. I needn't have worried, she had two hecklers both of whom she despatched very quickly, in the process winning the affection of the rest of the audience. Beth is an amzingly strong act who dserves to go far, I'm certainly booking for other gigs.
I've seen her a few times now and I have to admit, he's got some great stuff, I wish she'd write some new material though, she's got plenty of potential.
A wonderful comic - had the pleasure of seeing her many times and think the review is spot on - with some honin, going all the way
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Bethany Black: Beth Becomes Her
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Bethany Black: Love And A Colt 45
Misc live shows
Beat The Frog World Series 2006