Offbeat charm and winsomeness could have put Smith at risk of being predictable. Yet the rapport she builds with the audience feeds off this, and instead of appearing staged and forced, her charm bleeds into the comedy, generating a gentle style of stand-up. As she offers up a mixture of jokes on homosexual identity, gags about American idiosyncrasies and tunes on the ukulele, DeeAnne’s persona almost outweighs the need for astute observation, to be honest, as the chatty, convivial nature of the show proves completely alluring. The geeky get-up and smiley characterisation make up for a tendency to drift into random controversial territory on race. If she tightened things up a bit, DeeAnne could be immensely successful.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15, 22), 20.15 (21.15), £7.50 – £9.50, fpp65.
tw rating 4/5