Isy Suttie at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill

Note: This review is from 2009

Review by Steve Bennett

Isy Suttie, despite her cult Peep Show fame, just can’t avoid comparisons with Victoria Wood; but then there just aren’t that many musically gifted female comedians with soft Nothern accents.

As a singer, Suttie has quite some vocal range, plus a couple of nifty tricks down her trachea, best demonstrated in her ice-breaker: an echoey impression of Amy Winehouse trapped down a well.

Her songs make sweet, compelling listening but the stand-up is more wavering, for example losing her way in a convoluted, but ultimately unrewarding tale involving the neighbour’s cat. And when she reads a letter from her naïve mother, it elicitswry smiles rather than hearty chuckles; although this routine turns out to be the groundwork for some later fun and games with Google’s automatic translator, rather than a standalone piece.

Suttie exudes a snug charm that’s guaranteed to warm your every cockle, even if she lack’s a headliner’s punch. So the audience were left happy, if in a mellow way.

Review date: 10 Jul 2009
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Reviewed at: The Tabernacle

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