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Andi Osho: All The Single Ladies

Note: This review is from 2011

Review by Marissa Burgess

Osho made her début at the Fringe just last year but she's already in the lovely and spacious Cabaret Bar venue in the Pleasance Courtyard, and filled it. In fact it doesn't seem like five minutes since she was a newcomer winning the Funny Women competition (2007 in fact) as she's already drawing in the crowds. But it's easy to see why. Hers is a solid, slick set of stand up.

Osho is perched to the side of the stage as the audience file in, appearing eager to start the show, or just eyeing up the fellas – as the show sets out to do something about her stubbornly single status. She hasn't had a date in three years apparently - hard to believe of someone with her looks and wit.

Worried that she's going to turn into a Sindy doll with completely smooth undercarriage, Osho attempts to engineer a date at the top of the show and then see if they still want her by the end after she's divulged her dating disasters and deconstructed all that's wrong with her. Tonight her two suitors were students in their early twenties, a touch young perhaps for Osho, since there are only so many times you can explain who Ivor the Engine is.

Osho moves through her past dating disasters and embarrassments, her attempts at and the perils of internet dating and ponders that those who are years into relationships surely must have run out of conversation and perhaps should have considered rationing themselves from the beginning.

The topics are hoary ones but they're universal and Osho's take on them is tack sharp and well executed. The set nips off from time to time, seguing into routines on ineffective football chanting, her own definition of travelling and a very good suggestion that nightclubs should have a 'have-a-word-with-yourself-lounge' you have to pass through before picking up an inappropriate partner.

And Osho is unafraid to tackle the cruder aspects of dating – she's even forced to issue a scatological warning at one point. A straight talking hour that maintains the funny throughout.

Review date: 7 Aug 2011
Reviewed by: Marissa Burgess

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