Grandmotherfucker

Review by Steve Bennett

On the face of it, this show promised something really different.

The title, the hype and the publicity shot all suggests that this is going to be hard-hitting, no-shit comedy from the unlikely mouth of a grandmother old enough to know better. Kind of a geriatric Jenny Eclair.

But what you get is actually pretty standard stand-up fare. Yes, that means she effs and blinds as much as the genre demands, but it never seems particularly offensive - and it's certainly never aggressive.

In fact, her style is more like that of a storyteller, with extended anecdotes about her life and her family, rather than anything more observational or confrontational.

It's all mildly amusing stuff and she's a likeable performer - but I wasn't looking for mild and I certainly wasn't looking for likeable.

Canderas herself admits misgivings about the attention-grabbing title, and this is the main problem with an otherwise amusing enough show - it just doesn't do what it says on the tin.

Review date: 1 Jan 2017
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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