This is by far one of the strangest comedy shows I’ve ever seen. It’s also one of the best. It’s likely it will be a little too weird for some people, as this is anything but traditional puns and one-liners. Claudia O’Doherty takes us on a journey – setting the scene, introducing herself, playing on her natural dramatic ability – and then explains how she is abandoning comedy for “difficult theatre”. Part satire, part stand up, the faux-improvisation is such an witty, convincing format that I forget I’m watching an incredibly well-rehearsed show and instead admire her comic capabilities, which appear limitless. This performance is a master-class in offbeat humour: I’m now officially a fan of Claudia O’Doherty.
Underbelly Cowgate, 2–26 Aug (not 13), 7.45pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Olivia Sleet]