24 Hours with Mary Lynn Rajskub

Most recognisable form her role as Chloe O’Brian in the series 24, (hence show title), Mary Lynn Rajskub was a noteable comedian beforehand and makes her return to her love of comedy.

Her show begins with even her announcer failing to pronounce her name correctly, preempting the audience looking to hear it said out loud properly for the first time. Her stand up routine consisted of stories and anecdotes covering everything in her life from rebound relationships to babies and from miniature horses to yoga and cupping, it’s a personal show and the stories are hers and about her life as an actress and comedian and even stories on motherhood. She spends time reflecting on the difference in attitudes of people from her TV career and from the people she meets within stand up. Her style is often awkward although intentionally so, making excellent use of silences and trailing her voice off as she finishes, then quickly going from the awkwardness to excitement about the stories she is telling.

The obvious enjoyment Rajskub gets from her performing is infectious and you’ll find yourself laughing throughout, even if some of the references would work better on an American audience and fell a little flat.

★★★ and a half.

Euan Tennant

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