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Review: Sara Pascoe vs History, The Stand Newcastle

On the 2nd stop of her debut UK tour, the popular comic offers laughs aplenty along with lessons in sexual anthropology

Sara Pascoe
Sara Pascoe

First things first, when it comes to shows living up to their title, Sara Pascoe’s debut UK touring show does not do what is says on the tin.

The 33-year-old comic, who is deservedly becoming a force to be reckoned with, thanks to a string of profile-raising TV appearances offering an bite-sized outlet for her original brand of storytelling and observations, does not take on history in this show.

What she does do is offer a wonderful and non-stop once around her utterly compelling - and incredibly funny - thoughts on female sexuality, relationships and a myriad of other stuff including manipulative trousers, her love for her boyfriend’s baby belly and the etiquette of drying pubic hair in public.

As far as the history bit is concerned, Sara - a daughter of a seventies pop star and a groupie thereof who waited until he was on his uppers to make her move - name checks and uses figures from the past to underpin and flesh out a multitude of musings about love, and more specifically how hopeful she can be about making her current boyfriend her final boyfriend... while also wondering what it is which makes her want to.

Famous love stories: Napoleon and Jospehine, Adolf and Eva and Adam and Eve all get their moment in her bold gaze. “If they can’t make it work in Paradise, what chance have I got in Lewisham?” she says of the latter before wondering where the partial success of crime-deterring stick-on policemen on her local high street will lead us next.

Yes, it seems lots of stones get overturned in a Sara Pascoe two-parter.

We are also treated to her genius idea to engineer the end of Page Three as well as a time-lapse talk-through what’s in store when the universe begins the contraction clause of its contract.

Part stand up, part lecture in sexual anthropology, I certainly left knowing a lot more than I knew when I walked in, while sporting a big smile and a map of laughter lines on my face and in possession of a packed lunch-worth of food for thought.

I don’t think you can ask for much more from an evening of thoughtful comedy, can you?


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