HUG ACHIEVED X 2
I want to be friends with 2016 Barry Award Nominee Luisa Omielan. There, I said it. Luisa appears to genuinely care about her audience and wants them to feel good. Not just as a result of her comedy, but in their lives beyond the gig.
Hopefully not providing too many spoilers, Luisa deals with two key issues, female empowerment and mental health, with many jokes about sex and sexuality. In Judd Apatow’s book Sick in the Head (future post incoming), Jerry Seinfeld in 1983 notes that jokes about sex are easy (massive paraphrase). This does not apply to Luisa’s comedy. When discussing sexuality, Luisa is occasionally confronting but in a truthful and necessary way. If you’re uncomfortable how Western society treats women then this is not the show for you but it is exactly why you would need to see it.
Luisa’s opening and finale are fun and audience engaging. Most memorably for me, there are not many nights where you get to re-enact Dirty Dancing with a 2016 Barry Award Nominee… but that was my lucky night.
Equal favourite show of the festival.