Suki Webster: Best Man
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2001
Stand-up, storytelling, killer ad libs. Funny, original, sassy - all adjectives Suki knows. This is definitely not a wigs and glasses show
This is a show about the time Suki Webster was best man at a biker's wedding.
And that's really all it is. No deep insights, just a very self-centred story that's ultimately quite pointless to anyone who's not Suki Webster.
It's a shame, because there are tiny glimpses that it could quite funny. It's just that these are always when she abandons the heavily-scripted story and just talks more naturally about, for example, her life as a hand model or as a street performer being heckled by a dwarf.
Elsewhere there are some smiles, and she does get laughs - all be they cheap ones about pubic hair and other equally obvious subjects.
She is a good actress, switching effortlessly between the diverse characters that populate her story, but the problem is we just don't really care about these people. Even when she does the big emotional bit, it's obvious this is pretend rather than making a real connection with the audience.
It's as if this is purely a showcase for her performing talents, rather than a work of comedy in its own right.
A great actresses, but a very average stand-up.
Mark Bloor - 23/05/2002
Strong characterisation, needs to have confidence in her ability to be 'funny' - best moments were when she appeared most relaxed, more conversational.