Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Harriet Kemsley: Puppy Fat, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick
She is sweet and bordering on childlike onstage but by the end of the hour we know Harriet has been around a bit, or in her own words, “done it loads”.
She is currently excited about vegetarian Haribo, has recently watched porn for the first time and has found the pill for happiness. This is a scattergun hour, which turns into a sort of gallop through Harriet’s life.
There is a feeling of her having written in every funny thing that ever happened her to make sure there are no lulls. When she relaxes and trusts her material enough to let more of it breathe I think the show will improve. Despite being allergic to almost everything, Harriet has been weed on by a rhino, been arrested for underage drinking, lived with actors and even did acid once. She looks to have survived it all rather well.
These revelations come wrapped in giggles and girly body language which would be irritating, but the mix of light and dark and occasional glimpses of steel inside the magnolia keep the hour sharp. It seems that no show is complete without the production of a diary or something to “read” from at some point. It doesn’t work here. But this is an engaging hour from a comic with a fresh voice and if you are lucky, you will discover which Disney princess you are.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 31 August, 5:45pm / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015
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