Anna Crilly – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2004

Review by Steve Bennett

One of the more inventive comics to have joined the circuit in the past year or two, Crilly bravely presents a genuinely distinctive ­ if utterly odd ­ viewpoint on stage.

Hers is a delightfully surreal rural world of footless boyfriends, jellyfish digestion and potato Olympians. But it's not just weird for weird's sake, as her distinctive routine serves up some great jokes alongside the hilarious imagry.

With such perfectly crafted and calmly delivered offbeat material, at her best she's somehwat reminiscent of Boothby Graffoe, which can be no bad thing.

Admittedly, the five-to-ten-minute slots normally offered to newer acts aren't best suited to her style, but she's increasingly finding way to introduce her offbeat material without scaring off the audience.

She might not be quite there yet, but expect to hear more of Crilly's original comic voice, uncompromised by conformity.

Review date: 24 Jul 2004
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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