Natalie Haynes: Six Degrees of Desolation Perrier

Note: This review is from 2002

Review by Steve Bennett

Natalie Haynes's show just can't live up to its billing.

'Desolation, confessional, scary' these words suggest a bleak, moody piece exploring taboos and exposing the underside of her personality.

Instead, we get some reasonable stand-up, but that's about it.

From her tales, Haynes comes across as a bit impulsive, a bit bitchy, a bit opinionated. But that's hardly on the edge of darkness - in fact it's pretty much assumed for a stand-up. OK, she wanted to send a dead pigeon to an ex - but that's the extreme.

Her on-stage persona reflects this supposedly bitter and twisted character even less. She's chatty, open and engaging, keeping interest levels up as the hour pootles along nicely.

There's not a huge amount of structure here - there are the six categories of the title, but they are not issues to be explored, but just chapter headings for a rag-bag of anecdotes.

The first heading, for example, is phobias, which she starts off by talking about her "phobia" of NHS bureaucracy - seemingly happy to lump a mild irritation in with morbid fears, just because she happens to have some material on it.

Similarly, a row she had with a comedy promoter is categorised under 'death' - but for the most tenuous of reasons.

It's all enjoyable enough stuff - and includes a genuinely informative tale of how Apple Computers got their logo, trivia fans - but at the end of the day it lacks the depth or substance that an hour-long show requires.

Review date: 1 Jan 2002
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

What do you think?

Today's comedy-on demand picks


This is the show that celebrated the launch of Nick Helm's album in 2016, and has previously been unseen by anyone who was not in the O2 Forum Kentish Town that night.

With typical hyperbole, the show is described thusly: 'Under-rehearsed, under-prepared and under pressure, Nick and his band somehow managed to pull together the greatest show in the last 27 years of living memory. That show went down as a thing of legend, often spoken about by weary travellers around campfires, but thought to have been lost to the sands of time forever.'

Click for more suggestions

... including Al Murray headlining a Just For Tonic gig and the launch of Free Festival's virtual comedy programming.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.