Stella Young: rude, clever and hilarious.
Tales from the Crip,
Northcote Town Hall,
Until April 20
Journalist and disability activist Stella Young opens her show with a clever inversion of existing power structures in order to give ‘normal’ audience members a taste of what it’s like to be constantly belittled.
It’s a deft display of the subversive power of comedy, and gets Young’s debut off to an excellent start.
Not all her material reaches such heights – references to 50 Shades of Grey and Breaking Bad already seem slightly dated, and one or two routines peak early, reducing their punchlines to an afterthought – but generally Young’s material is solid, and her confidence and delivery enviable.
From the foolishness of political correctness to the jaw-dropping ignorance of strangers, Young takes no prisoners. She’s rude, clever and hilarious, whether reading aloud from a well-meaning but awful children’s book, joking about the Paralympics and Oscar Pistorius, or describing her over-sharing mum.
An impressive debut from a genuine comedic talent.