Perhaps more appropriately titled ‘The Theory of Sexual Evolution’, English comedian Sara Pascoe plumbs the history of her romantic relationships for a very funny exploration of the science of human conception.
Pascoe is possibly best known in Australia, for her appearances on British TV panel shows such as QI and Mock The Week, and is an easily likable, kooky girl-next-door type. Amiable, chatty and often self-deprecating, Pascoe shares stories that illustrate her feminist point of view in an entirely unalienating way.
With a speaking voice coloured by a nervous laugh that gives a feeling of genuine modesty, Pascoe is in fact an assured performer with a beautifully structured and highly entertaining story to tell. From her mother’s examples of how to find a man and her own ill-judged attempts at landing her dream date, Pascoe intelligently weaves in explanations of how the human reproductive systems work to create a not only funny, but also educational tale.
Pascoe’s comedian boyfriend John Robins comes under fire as a personal example of how a woman’s primal urges work but she’s just as prone to tearing down her own dignity for the sake of laugh. It’s only disappointing to see the far too common use of a ‘wacky’ outfit to seemingly try to illustrate to the audience up front that a ‘funny person’ is on stage. Despite the unnecessary use of daggy workout gear and unkempt hair (although I’m sure somewhat relaxing for the performer), Pascoe a sophisticated and intelligent observer of life.
The Town Hall’s Powder Room feels too small a space for this professional act. Pascoe is an easily recommendable gig for any and all comic tastes.