Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Abigoliah Schamaun: Post-Coital Confessions, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
A BREEZILY funny and frank commentator on sex, Abigoliah Schamaun’s favourite part of the act is the after-orgasm pillow talk, when the most weird, intimate or tactless things are blurted. Sharing examples of her own, the American punctuates her hour with others that she solicited through Facebook, with recordings of these relayed like confessionals to a Catholic priest, except with the stage bathed in diabolic red light.
A compelling device that certainly keeps the show peppy, it periodically interrupts her account of a bet that she made with her recently acquired British boyfriend, that she could forswear alcohol in the months leading up to the Brighton Marathon. The stakes of the wager sound eye-wateringly high for a fairly “vanilla” lover like myself. But Schamaun is all about openness and experimentation, denouncing graphically inaccurate films like Kingsman and Fifty Shades of Grey as ardently as her abstinence-preaching US sex education. Amusingly progressive on the appropriate musical rhythm for handjobs, her endearing yearning for a regular-ish relationship affords this entertaining show heart as well as kink. And she reiterates that you can still be surprised by, but accommodating of what others desire in the bedroom.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 10 August 2015
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