Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Ria Lina: Taboo Raider, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Tackling an issue as tricky as taboo requires skilled, thoughtful dissection and Ria Lina isn’t really incisive enough.
Her diagnoses with Aspergers actually aids her in her quest, though whether she should baldy crack wise at Angelina Jolie’s expense straightaway is debatable, a heavy-handed gesture early on.
Ria’s got a neat riposte to a classic bigot’s objection to gay marriage, but her period joke is too weak to justify the supposed frisson.
Uneasily striving to be both light-hearted and shocking, she makes some fair points about media coverage of disability, but is more interesting on how her expression of mixed-race ethnicity, Filipino and German, is out of step with US political correctness. Lina threatens to move into probing territory with thoughts on why it’s ok for some groups to say some things and others not, but doesn’t follow through.
A throwaway gag about Jews, prompted by genuine curiosity, veers inelegantly close to blood libel.
But a cracking gag about the Muslim and Catholic afterlife is uncharacteristic of an hour-long show that too often reiterates the obvious or confuses its conclusions.
The Stand Comedy Club 2 (Venue 5B) until 30 August
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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