Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Lou Sanders: Excuse Me, You’re Sitting on My Penis Again, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith.
Lou Sanders wants to go to Eton. Never mind that she is a fully grown up female stand up, she has decided it is never too late to embark on a life of privilege. Not surprisingly her efforts are rebuffed. The British Establishment doesn’t tend to open its gates just because a comic makes a few prank calls.
Instead Sanders finds herself a bonkers American motivational coach and tries to learn positive thinking from him. She also attempts to get a play she has written on at the Royal Court and to share her ideas about charity with Bono.
There are some interesting notions about confidence, privilege and manners in this show. I particularly loved the extraordinary politeness of the reception staff at Eton – which Sanders recorded.
But I struggle with her manner. She has a weird habit of gabbling through the material then gasping for air like some semi-aquatic mammal. She also does not seem entirely comfortable with the Free Fringe audience, haranguing them for not laughing in the right places in a way that might work for a more accomplished comic but doesn’t completely work for her.
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe (Venue 85) until 30 August
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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