The queue to get into Sara Pascoe’s latest Edinburgh hour said it all: snaking around the Pleasance Courtyard and seemingly impossibly long, still nobody complained. Everybody clever enough to pick up a ticket knew it would be worth it.
With a TV and panel show backing to her name, as well as classic stand-up, Pascoe is a guaranteed hit this Fringe. The Essex-born comic might be completely at home on the stage, but don’t let that fool you into thinking LadsLadsLads is effortless. More than just the gags themselves, the whole show is flawlessly assembled, with a structure as yet unparalleled this Festival. Pascoe knows exactly what she’s doing.
The show darts back and forth between tales of her ex, a yoga retreat gone awry and a mysterious brother called Steven with ease, never lingering on anything too long. Feminism is a constant presence but it’s never preachy or sanctimonious, rather something you realise only at the end. You could hardly describe this as a ‘political’ show, but there’s a definite wink of intelligence that hints at a subtext, thrown in with a casual flair that only such deft hands as these could manage.
Most of all, it’s simply funny. Funny for you, funny for your mum, funny for your awkward younger brother and even funny for your Fringe-hating uncle. This is stand-up at its most polished – get involved.
Words: Chiara Margiotta
Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads, Pleasance Courtyard, Aug 8-27, times vary