Courtney Pauroso: Vanessa 5000

Comedy (clown, absurdist)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Beneath
  • 21:00
  • Aug 2-15, 17-27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Stamptown Proudly Presents
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience participation, distressing or potentially triggering themes, nudity, scenes of a sexual nature and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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As seen on Reno 911, Key & Peele, and Jackass 4. After a sold-out run of her debut show Gutterplum in 2019, LA clown Courtney Pauroso returns as sex robot Vanessa5000, who – over the course of her product demonstration – grows increasingly conflicted about technology, modernity and her own existence. Artificially intelligent. Genuinely stupid. ChatGPT ain't got nothing on Vanessa5000's sweet synthetic ass. 'Flights of ridiculousness you can't believe you are seeing' (New York Times). 'Hilarious and unsettling' ***** ( 'Highly original and fairly strange' **** (Skinny). 'You have to see this show' **** (Scotsman).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. 5 steps down into space, For access via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
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  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Dates, Times and Prices