Lou Sanders returns to the Fringe with her surreal brand of humour following a turn in TV game show Taskmaster which played to her strengths with a series of bizarre contests. Sanders also discovered Reddit because of the show, and specifically a thread of people who find her annoying. The comedian knows she’s not everyone’s cup of tea and that online abuse is sadly a by-product of being a woman who dares to have an opinion.
Say Hello to Your New Step-Mummy feels a bit like Lou Sanders: Greatest Hits with characters from previous shows back for more ridicule. Sanders’ woo-woo energy healer Jill in the Pyrenees is an easy target for jokes and provides the catalyst for a lot of the show’s material. Quips about the comedian’s labia feature heavily in the set and now come with their own merchandise (if you see anyone walking around town with a “Vote Labia” tote bag, they’re sure to be a fan of the show).
Not a show for the easily offended, the set features a lot of ‘your dad’ jokes and Sanders calls herself ‘the face that launched a thousand dicks.’ It’s clear that Sanders’ humour does not appeal to everyone as one couple got up and left mid-show. The walkout was noisy and disruptive, but Sanders handled the situation with grace and humour and the audience rallied behind her. The jokes aren’t as strong as last year’s Shame Pig although an anecdote about massages caused quite a bit of mirth.
Some of the show elements don’t fully pay off including an inaudible folk song from the comedian’s youth and sight gags that may be missed by some audience members. But Say Hello to Your New Step-Mummy is still an enjoyable hour of comedy that’s not for the fainthearted or easily offended.