Rachel Parris – Best Laid Plans (Live Nation in association with Troika)
By Nina Keen | Published on Sunday 14 August 2016
Rachel Parris’ show comprises largely of warmly amusing storytelling rather than laugh out loud gags. The degree to which she self-disclosed in ‘Best Laid Plans’ was honestly courageous and added pathos to her story. Unfortunately, as a comedy show, it just wasn’t quite there. The milder, more casual wit in her narrative would work if it were simply a storytelling show, but she goes for bigger laughs in songs that unfortunately miss the mark: they wouldn’t be jokes if she just said them, and singing a thing doesn’t automatically make it funny. One of the songs has a rap in it too, and she keeps up her singing accent for this rap, with unfortunately cringey results.
Pleasance Dome, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Nina Keen]