Roisin Conaty: Destiny's Dickhead, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh
Tuesday 09 August 2011
It's brisk business as usual for the winner of the 2010 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer award. Roisin Conaty picks up the relentless pace where she left off, and if anything she is a little too quick for her own good, finishing her show at around the 45-minute mark. "I've no sense of direction, which makes it hard to storm off in an argument," she says. Maybe she should add a sense of timing to that.
It's a shame because Conaty, 32, is highly personable and brimming with good ideas. She picks up on the stresses and aggravations of life and exposes home truths about our rush to be happy. One example is a depiction of relaxed holiday-makers whose mood changes when they hear of free internet access elsewhere.
Conaty's frustrations are legion – she has no time for fussy yoga teachers or the refined nature of modern hen weekend wheezes that seem contrary to the goal of letting off steam: "I did pottery, landscape drawing and canoeing, all of which I could have done as a young offender."
While Conaty is ever-streetwise, she has dropped the street catchphrases that once punctuated her punchlines. By and large that is a good thing, but she would do well to remember that punctuation of the pacing kind is not optional.
To 28 August (0131 556 6550)
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
This is what a film sex scene actually looks like on set (mostly awkward)
Taylor Swift, 1989 - album review: Pop star shows 'promising signs of maturity'
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - review: Silly, sensational but still sensitive
The Apprentice 2014: Nurun Ahmed and Lindsay Booth sent home in double firing
Breaking Bad season 6 hoax: Vince Gilligan has not confirmed a new series
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are