Comedy (stand-up, clown)

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Collective noun: cats, kittens, vaginas. Pussies is a split bill straddling stand-up and character comedy. Karen Hobbs and her broken vagina will be taking care of the stand-up segment. A fur-midable work in progress from someone who had cancer and is now working out what it means to survive. 'Uncomfortably excellent' (Chortle.co.uk). Alice and Lisa are a double act. At least Alice thinks so. Lisa isn't so sure. Whilst Alice is planning a surprise world tour, Lisa's plotting a solo break out. This hiss-terical Lecoq-trained clown duo bring you hat boxes and friendship. 'A superbly nuanced performance' (Fest).

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Brian Rust 79 days ago

This is just me blithering but I think a good clown show is a blend of characters who you can’t help but identify with, combined with ideas and solutions so off-the-wall they feel like they’re from another dimension. A GREAT clown show is both those plus a situation so true and real that it hits you in your heart even while you’re laughing. Alice and Lisa do a great clown show.

Karen Hobbs isn’t a clown but she is phenomenal. I wish I had one tenth the guts as a writer that she does as a stand-up, and one fiftieth of the timing. She hooked the entire audience in her first two sentences and never let up; it was awesome.

The Write Angle 87 days ago

'Pussies' is a split-bill show; with the clownish duo, Alice and Lisa, up first. They are a double act. Alice loves being part of a double act. Lisa doesn't quite feel the same way and is secretly planning a solo career. These young women are funny, very funny. The tension between the two is cleverly constructed - the audience are aware from the off - along a roadway littered with clowning (nearly tripping over the mic cable, a ridiculous-sized hat, mic cable not being long enough etc), jokes, puns and more. Their 'pussy' element is delightfully painfully funny. Second up is stand-up comedian, Karen Susan Hobbs. Thanks to Karen, everyone in the audience leaves the show knowing where the cervix is (if they didn't before). Karen knows where her's is; not within her. It was removed as part of her cancer treatment. Doesn't sound very funny? It is funny. She is funny. She's quick to point out that the audience can't really leave saying it wasn't a good show; how could they possibly say that about someone who's had cancer? Now that's funny! And clever. There's an element of discomfort within the subject matter; Karen skilfully steers us through her section and effectively gives us permission to laugh at things we might not normally laugh at. We also learn rather a lot at the same time - sometimes by confronting things head-on (you'll know exactly what we mean if you go and see the show!). This is a great show. A beautiful blending of comedic styles. Add it to your #Edfringe 2019 to-do list.

Liz 95 days ago

I laughed so hard I now have stomach ache I think that says everything.

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