Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Lolly, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Gifted character comic Lolly Adefope reveals abundant raw talent in this uneven showcase with moments of great potential. Set at a community centre open mic night, self-obsessed television runner Wendy Parks introduces the wannabe stars with snippy bitchiness and an inflated sense of her own importance.
First up is Adefope’s most established character, rookie northern comic Gemma. Every bit as unaware as Parks, she’s a wonderful creation, with Adefope’s performance as nuanced and exquisitely timed as Gemma’s is blurting and clumsy, the unwitting testimony of an idiot who’s funny for all the wrong reasons. By some distance the most three-dimensional of Adefope’s creations, what follows suffers by comparison.
Political comedian X has some nice lines but is just an angrier shade of oblivious delusion, while old man Horold, estranged from his celebrity son, makes little impression.
Into this mix is added Park’s resentful daughter, an opportunity for the comedian to reveal a fine singing voice. Plus, there’s a special guest, who explains why Adefope chooses to perform as other people.
All amusing enough, but you rather hope that she’ll focus more of her energies on developing a vehicle for Gemma in the future.
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 18 August 2015
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