Lucy Beaumont: We Can Twerk It Out @ Pleasance

Review by Graeme Morrice | 11 Aug 2014

It’s a balmy Thursday night and there’s a mixed crowd packed into one of the smaller Pleasance Courtyard venues. Something’s needed to take our minds off the heat and luckily there’s a slightly ditzy Hull girl on hand to do just that. 

Lucy Beaumont instantly demonstrates her knack of bringing hilarity to the most mundane of subjects and situations; it obviously has wide appeal – it’s soon apparent everyone is enjoying her obvious befuddlement at everything going on around her. Who would've thought carry out menus were such a rich source of comedy material?  It isn’t all small town girl material, however, and we’re also treated to meal-based wordplay, poetry, magic and changes in direction that arrive so abruptly that for a few moments you try to make sense of two different jokes at once. 

Beaumont isn’t slap-you-in-the face funny, she’s more likely to check an audience member is feeling well than to have a go at them. Her timing and delivery are impeccable, and she pulls off the impressive feat of seeming fresh and old fashioned at the same time. Her rise through the comedy ranks continues unabated and if you can see your way past the title, you’ll be well rewarded.

Lucy Beaumont: We Can Twerk It Out @ Pleasance, 1-11, 13-24 Aug, 5.45 pm, £8.50