Brian Logan - Theguardian.co.uk'4 Stars - The overall effect is of a lively mind teasing out some big questions for our amusement, and doing so with a balance between intelligence and silliness, meaningful assertion and self-deprecation that's just about perfect...'open/close
“So, let's go over the lovely things we've learned in Sara's show …" Well, we haven't learned much: that's the joke. Pascoe's show is about the idea, which she credits to Nietzsche, that "there are no facts, only interpretations". Nothing is true – and, if that's true, then it's simultaneously not true. "How do I know I'm me?" Pascoe asks – prompted by the suspicion that her boyfriend is accidentally sleeping with her doppelganger. That sounds ridiculous, and it is. But it keeps a foot in reality, is always lovable, and feels refreshingly like a real intelligence at play, as Pascoe struggles to keep up with her own galloping logic. So do we, but there's a thrill in the chase.
If Andie MacDowell believes she can act, asks Pascoe, then how can any of us have confidence in our self-image? The connections may seem tenuous, but that's partly the point. Pascoe interprets the facts differently, and she's very funny at projecting her frustration ("guys, don't you see … ?!") when we don't make the same leaps as her.
The show is lighter on opinion than Pascoe's breakthrough act from 2012. But Pascoe steps out from behind the existential perplexity as it proceeds, with thoughtful (and just as entertaining) routines about women, body image and self-esteem; and about the burka, a hot potato on which she avoids scalding herself by pretending it's a gag about the wimple-clad comedy movie Sister Act. Similarly nimble footwork is on display when she talks about her parents getting together, a grim tale she redeems by contrasting it with the Nativity. ("It's weird that Jesus and I have ended up so similar … "). The overall effect is of a lively mind teasing out some big questions for our amusement, and doing so with a balance between intelligence and silliness, meaningful assertion and self-deprecation that's just about perfect.
There are no facts, only interpretations’ is a quote borrowed from ‘Friedrich Nietzsche’ by thought provoking comedian Sara Pascoe and the premise of her outstanding show ‘Sara Pascoe vs The Truth’. Pascoe is a Chortle Awards ‘Breakthrough Act’ nominee for 2014 and has been billed as one of the UK’s rising stars. This is big praise to live up to on her first visit to New Zealand but as all evidence would suggest, I can confirm that this high praise is bang on the money!
‘Sara Pascoe vs The Truth’ runs until the 17thof May at Q Theatre and with one extra show added already it’s fair to say that she will be one of the highlights of the festival this year.
From the moment Pascoe stepped on stage she was in control. Her playful nature and quick thinking mind lured the audience in immediately. There is a nervous energy to her performance that is endearing and an intellectual sophistication that is refreshing to witness. From cutting her own hair and page 3 beauties to her distrust of ever evolving particles and the potential threat that her boyfriend may be eaten by cats, Pascoe covers it all. It’s obvious to everyone in the room, including Pascoe herself that she is paranoid, but she may well be a paranoid mastermind! Nothing is taboo, female sexuality, religion and old people are amongst just a few topics in which Pascoe will extract examples of why we should never trust another human. As a stand up package ‘Sara Pascoe vs The Truth’ really does have it all. An hour of stimulating comedy with the perfect mix of laughs handed to you on a plate and secondary chuckles hidden under the surface. Pascoe is definitely one to watch for the future and I recommend that you see her while she’s here…..but remember, ‘There are no facts, only interpretations’ at the end of the day it may not matter, she may just be a figment of our imaginations or us of hers……..but then again, there’s only one way to find out!
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Sara Pascoe is a very clever stand-up comic who delivers a highly entertaining show, despite her occasional disbelief in her own existence.
She darts between different topics rapidly, tying together complex yet easy-to-follow narratives that are structured superbly. And very funny.
There are a few film references that I absolutely adored. Those, along with a remarkable observation on pop group the Sugababes and how they relate to our biological existence, got the biggest laughs out of me, although it was more of a chuckle-along-throughout sort of show, rather than one of occasional punchline-triggered belly laughs.
One of the film references is worked into the five-minute set she did at this year's Comedy Gala, which you can view here - it's a great teaser for her full show.
Pascoe's more surreal content questions reality, at times in a Karl Pilkington kind of way (if I had a doppelganger, how would I know which one was me?). I loved that she uses Andie McDowell to prove to herself that reality is real, even though Andie McDowell fans will find the reasoning highly distasteful.
Fortunately the world is devoid of Andie McDowell fans so nobody will be upset.
Pascoe's less-surreal stuff deals with some pretty serious issues like feminism, alcoholism and women's representation in the media, but it's never a downer. The darker content is not used to shock, yet she doesn't undermine its importance.
Pascoe is also a very clean stand-up. Yes, she talks about her boobs, sex life and vibrator in vs The Truth, but it's never vulgar or even dirty. If you want to take your mum to a comedy show at this year's festival, this is a fantastic option.
In the reality that you are reading this review, Sara Pascoe is real, despite what she sometimes thinks. We're lucky that she is - her show is brilliant.
Sara Pascoe was a hit at this year’s Comedy Gala and has sold out her NZ debut show. She’s been the 2014 hot ticket. Time to find out what all the fuss is about.
Her show Sara Pascoe Vs The Truth is filled with personal anecdotes, philosophical musings and clever twists and turns that are both a demonstration of her fabulous wit and bang on show structure.
Her unassuming stage presence, and understated deliverable, makes for an enjoyable hour of wonderfully unpretentious comedy. Clearly comfortable in her comedy persona, her delivery has both a dry, and laid back feel, which allowed us to relax into the show with full confidence of her skills.
Dressed in black jeans and a white t-shirt with slogans back and front. After adjusting the floor fan she begins to explain the quotes on her t-shirt. “There are no facts, only interpretations” from Friedrich Nietzsche (although she deliberately misspells his name). This introduces the theme of the show and also her ability to play around with her intentions and our interpretations.
I simply loved her material, and myself and my plus one were slightly fangirling discussing her after the show! Her life analysis, veganism, body image and feminism commentary were cleverly weaved amongst tales of her boyfriend, pets, arachnophobia, conception story, Fifty Shades of Grey and a famous Nun based film. Sillyness isn’t lost here, and many clever and random silly one-liners get thrown in.
He ability to tackle ‘issues’ without ever leaving us hanging for a laugh is truly admirable. All the while she brings her show back to philosophical ideals and debate, even asking ‘What is Sara Pascoe?’.
Well to me Sara Pascoe is a smart comedian whose original style makes her a modern and refreshing act, and one that I totally see what all the fuss was about!
There's a lot going on in the skull of Sara Pascoe. She's someone who as a child fantasised about having sex in a tree and then falling out of it, killing her male partner in the process. She now frets that her long-term boyfriend is getting it on with her own doppelganger, and backs up the theory with plausible evidence. Some of her brainflashes are both disturbing and useful, too: fear, we learn, is a very cheap babysitter.
Pascoe has a cheery, genuine delivery that doesn't rub your face in the fact that she's super smart. This is a show that puts Nietzsche in the same room as Andie McDowell with a cameo by Worzel Gummidge. Some of her material veers into the weird - is the Catholic Church really implying that Jesus was made of biscuit? It's not undergrad surrealism or silliness that revels in its own lack of meaning. Neither is she desperate to impress; at 32, she already has an assuredness that would be surprising if she couldn't back it up with such strong material.
She does take us to dark places - always in the service of comedy rather than shock - and her hand is that of a practised guide, although it's the same one she uses to catch mice manually. She might at times be gripped by the possibility that she doesn't exist, but her audience should be mighty grateful she does.
Sara Pascoe’s take on relationships will provoke plenty of elbows in the ribs of partners. She is wickedly funny and it is clever. Worth checking out.
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Londoner Sara Pascoe delivers her gags with a kind of ladylike gentleness; never pushes too hard or lets any of her jokes fall flat either. She has discovered the perfect balance for her as a comedian and I enjoy her natural conveyance. Her jokes about her current boyfriend and his big belly are very jovial.