Bling Blush Bonk
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2004
Three comedians with attitude, having established themselves on the London circuit and starred at the Hackney Empire, are now ready to let Edinburgh in on their secrets. Full of laughs.
This is a traditional stand-up show featuring three comics from the Hackney Empire New Act competition final. As all are relatively early in their careers, it is pretty much what you would expect OK, but nothing special.
Starting a show with the words: "Hello, Edinburgh!" uttered with no sense of irony was a little worrying; and all three had an understandable but almost desperate need to interact directly with individual punters which is a problem if, like tonight, the responses are mostly monosyllabic.
Roisin Conaty had the difficult task of being both MC and delivering her stage act, which resulted in a rather over-the-top delivery. She also bafflingly referred to the ancient TV series MacGyver as if it were a central cultural icon. And, when an audience member mentioned the recent bad weather, she referred to it as "classic English stuff" guaranteed to disgruntle audiences in Scotland.
Top of the triple bill was Ava Vidal, who has developed into a potentially significant act. When she admits to having worked in the Prison Service, it causes an immediate alienating frisson. But, when the audience heard why she had been sacked, they began to relax. The routine is the sort that works best for her: a truthful, personal insight into a world apart from most of her audience's experience.
Most interesting of the three was Kerry Godliman who, like Conaty, tended to deliver a series of unconnected jokes rather than an integrated routine. But her relaxed speech patterns were more natural and more confident, possibly because she is an experienced actress. Her subjects were run-of-the-mill stand-up fodder, but I suspect if she finds more personal and more heartfelt obsessions to weave a script round, she may yet be the one to watch.
Frankie - 03/09/2004
I agree most of Ava Vidal's material is bland and mundane and she seems completely indifferent to the audience. While the other two have far more energy and enthusiasm not to mention imaginative material. Overall a good show for which they all deserve credit.
Simon - 24/08/2004
It was a fun show. I can't see why Ava Vidal creates such a fuss - it can't be because of her material or her delivery. The night I went along she seemed bored and indifferent. Unsurprisingly the audience responded in kind. Maybe if she wrote a decent ten minutes about her time as a prison officer instead of trotting out a couple of trite observations that anyone could come up with after an episode of Porridge she might be onto something.
Roisin was great, some fab lines and she puts a lot of energy into her performance. Kerry seems a bit like someone who's just bubbly and on stage - not necessarily a bad thing but she could do with some better gags.
Richard - 22/08/2004
Yawn Yawn Yawn!
Tijuana Brass - 16/08/2004
I rate these ladeeeze as juicy individual comics to watch. Check them out.
Taylor - 13/08/2004
Hadn't heard of any of these girls, but was really glad I took a chance on them because it's such a brilliant show. They all have a great stage presence and sharp and original observations, I laughed at every gag.
Jess Mullen - 13/08/2004
Excellent stuff. Three very funny women indeed. Go see it