Juliet Meyers: Raised By Fridge Magnets

Review by Bernard O'Leary | 10 Aug 2012
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People find inspiration in the strangest places. For Juliet Meyers, it was her neighbours' fridge magnets, a shimmering array of inspiration, ideas, exotic locations and inspirations for future Fringe shows.

It's a nice concept that ties the show together. Meyers starts by talking about her childhood, painting a portrait of her neighbours and their fascinating fridge. Each magnet is then used as a jumping-off point for an anecdote from some point in her adult life, including disasterous trips to Australia and furtive attempts at S&M.

Meyers is extremely likable, the kind of comedian you'd really like to take for a pint afterwards, and also really smart. Maybe the strongest section of her show is a passage on feminism which is handled beautifully, neither too aggressive nor too apologetic, with a couple of hilarious thoughts on the passive aggresive nature of Woman's Hour and how insisting on being called Ms. can lead to disaster in a fundamentally sexist world.

Raised By Fridge Magnets never quite manages to escape the sense of being an extended club set, and Meyers is obviously more comfortable doing material than following her throughline. Still, it's funny material delivered by a great performer. A really nice way to spend your lunchtime.

Juliet Meyers: Raised By Fridge Magnets, The Stand, until 26 Aug (not 13), 12pm, £8/£7 http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/juliet-meyers-raised-by-fridge-magnets