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Glasgow Comedy Festival 2011 preview
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First coming to to attention as a finalist in the 2006 Funny Women awards, Susan Calman was nominated for best compere in the 2011 Chortle awards, and won the title the following year.
She is a regular on Radio 4's News Quiz.
Susan Calman: Fringe 2012
‘I want people to say Susan Calman is just like everyone else,’ says the comic as she tearfully pleads for equality for gay marriage at the end of her show.
That will never happen. Not the gay marriage thing, but Calman being referred to as being ‘just like everyone else’ – and praise the apparently homophobic Lord for that fact. For although she is an apparently respectable Radio 4 regular now, her behaviour at home is what you might call quirky. No, not quirky. Certifiable.
The backbone of This Lady’s Not For Turning Either is an hilarious list of reasons why no one should marry her, winningly confessional and more than a little unsettling as she describes how she takes her love of Prime Suspect or her three cats to unhealthy obsessions. That she defiantly insists all this is all perfectly normal, while acknowledging that the more well-balanced in society might not, heightens the ridiculousness of it all. But you can only admire her commitment. We possibly didn’t need to hear her entire DCI Susan Tennison fantasy – but it proves Calman really is this odd.
Yet despite this catalogue of defects, she did find someone with whom to tie the knot – which is not entirely surprising as she has an irresistibly likeable presence. Her shame-free openness endears her to the audience, who she address like an affectionate friend she’s known for years, and her banter is simultaneously self-deprecating and defiant. How very Glasgow.
However, we mustn’t say that Calman got ‘married’, as apparently that’s important to some people. The arbitrary distinction that says a long-term lesbian couple making a lifelong commitment is somehow more detrimental to the ‘institute’ of marriage than heterosexual Britney Spears drunkenly getting hitched for 55 hours means Calman and her wife couldn’t have The Proclaimers’ Let’s Get Married played at their ceremony, as they wanted. Although, as she explains with typically sardonic wit, they could have had Darth Vader’s Imperial March from Star Wars.
Despite such petty obstacles that stop her being properly wed in the eyes of the state, Calman is joyously upbeat about life; and she gets the crowd to feel the same way. Her opening gambit, to get us to holler and chant as if she were a stadium-filler might be a little cheesy – but she’s so personable we all go along with it, and feel the better for it.
It’s a feeling that doesn’t go away, despite the odd dip, throughout the whole hour of effortlessly engaging stand-up.
|Date of live review: Saturday 4th Aug, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
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Susan Calman: The Last Woman On Earth - Fringe 2009
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i just heard her on radio but to me she is forced and nervy and unfunny !
Her voice is grating and she isn't funny
Susan's show The Last Woman on Earth at this years fringe was brilliant, an excellent hour of comedy. She is also super helpful and encouraging to new acts!
Have seen her at the Stand, she just isn't funny. Disappointing.
Should be up for a best newcomer/ best compere award.
I have seen Susan Calman several times and she is hilarious. Maybe its just cos I can relate to the observation tales of womanhood but probably more to do with the fact that she is just a very funny comedian
|Girls just wanna have... some goddam recognition
Susan Calman challenges journaists' lazy assumptions
28/07/2009 Permanent link
A Little Lady Presents Jest
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Susan Calman: Maybe It Is Your Fault
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Susan Calman: The Last Woman On Earth
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Susan Calman Chats Up...
Susan Calman: Constantly Seeking Susan
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Susan Calman: This Lady's Not for Turning Either
Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Susan Calman: Always (A Work In Progress)
Misc live shows
Funny Women Final 2006
Stand Up For Palestine