Tamar Broadbent @ Laughing Horse, Espionage

Review by Jennifer McKiernan | 22 Aug 2016
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Musical comedian Tamar Broadbent impresses with her debut show Get Ugly

Winning charm allows Tamar Broadbent to explore the highs and lows of being a single 20something with aplomb. Fighting an urge to grit our teeth as a gorgeous and very talented blonde tell us how she feels 25% uglier after breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, we're swiftly brought back onside – she has some genuinely original and funny things to say.

One of the high points is a song about her jealousy of the ubiquitous sexy gym girl, who never appears to break a sweat but takes up a lot of floor space with elaborate stretching, and getting the audience involved in a mock Tinder dating competition is also inspired. One dud is a song about her sister, where she seems to be trying to humanise her show, but just comes over as sentimental. The closing song (about how she could never compete with her ex's new girlfriend, except in that she is a much better driver) brings the house down though – and deservedly so.

Tamar Broadbent: Get Ugly, Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Mata Hari), 4-28 Aug (not 17), 5.30pm, Free