Comedy review: Sara Pascoe vs the Truth

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Sara Pascoe vs the Truth at Assembly George Square (Venue 3), reviewed by Jay Richardson

Aligning herself with the philosophy (and perhaps madness) of Friedrich Nietzsche, before comparing her life to Jesus’s, Sara Pascoe’s latest Fringe offering doesn’t lack ambition. In the past, she performed stand-up as an aloof, high-status version of herself.

And even now, although she is rooted much more in her own reality on stage, she is playful with truth and fiction, embracing the German thinker’s maxim that “there are no facts, only interpretations”.

Delivering easily relatable stand-up on her relationship, boozing, even the cutting of her hair, at the same time she is intelligently exploring concepts like subjectivity, rationality and paranoia, packing a huge amount into a dense hour that nevertheless breezes by in her amiable company, with more than a few twists along the way.

At times she blurts utter nonsense, at others she is probing and insightful, going through the looking glass of reality television and asking pertinent questions about feminism and vegetarianism. Some deeply personal material is conveyed with a capably light touch and she deconstructs her routines as she goes, making for an intense and very interesting hour that might yet benefit from greater focus and streamlining.

Originally published in The Scotsman

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