Caroline Mabey – Original Review | Review by Steve Bennett

Caroline Mabey – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2008

Review by Steve Bennett

A couple of years into her stand-up career, and Caroline Mabey hasn’t yet nailed her persona or delivery enough to take her out of the amateur leagues. Yet with a quirkily downbeat outlook, and some obvious flair for writing proper punchlines, she shows a healthy potential for greater things.

Some of the strangeness seems a little too self-conscious – such as when she pushily and awkwardly flirts with a man in the audience – and her tone can be inconsistent, varying between being the quiet freak and the council-flat resident with a mundane, even miserable, life. A stronger sense of comic identity needs to emerge.

But her routine is built on a foundation of solid writing. Some of her gags are very strong, often incorporating elements of playful silliness, which ensures the set remains enjoyable, if not yet top-notch.

Review date: 13 May 2008
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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