Helen Duff @ Assembly Roxy

An outlandish mix of confessional and therapeutic comedy from Helen Duff

Review by James McColl | 15 Aug 2017

Helen Duff is more than happy to share the intimate details of her personal life. What seems at first to be for the performer's benefit is actually for the audience. When the Going Gets Duff is a vehicle for Duff to talk honestly about her sexual experiences. 

Duff is incredibly funny and deserves any and all praise that comes her way. Her stamina on stage is relentless, performing with an energy that’s worth the ticket price alone. She creates a level of intimacy that most acts wouldn’t dare, and her cheeky grin and lovable persona makes her well-equipped to disarm any pressure built up in the room.

Not one to shy away from self analysis, Duff dissects her childhood traumas, deliberating on how they have had a ripple effect throughout her life. And, more often than not, the results are funny enough for her efforts not to be wasted.

Helen Duff: When the Going Gets Duff, Assembly Roxy (Downstairs), until 27 Aug (not 14), 7.35pm, £10-12