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Stand Up Comedy Review: What to Expect When You've Expected

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Breaking new ground with her own stand up show about the trials and tribulations of motherhood is well loved multi-talented performer Daisy Spencer. Better known for her vibey and innovative choreography, as well as her ability as singer and actress, Daisy has taken a bold step onto a new area of endeavour in 'What to Expect when You’ve Expected'

The life changing event of bringing a baby into the world and the effects it has on every aspect of daily living is a field ripe with comic material. From the embarrassment of carrying enough weight around your middle for strangers to assume you haven’t had your baby yet, to the annoying visitors who create more work for the exhausted besieged mom, to the husband’s infuriatingly easy going perspective on child minding… there’s lots of gripes and moans, frustrations and outrage, to be turned into laughs.

As a creative person (as well as a woman used to her freedom of movement and independence) Daisy’s latest creation, her little son, is causing chaos and mayhem in her life. Using her stand-up show to voice her feelings about this is evidently cathartic and satisfying; basically 'What to Expect when You’ve Expected' is a theatrical vehicle for processing the huge range of unexpected changes.

Daisy is a wonderful performer; she has talent pouring out of every pore. Her voice is rich and strong, she handles characters and accents without flinching, she can rap or sing with style, and her grasp on the elements of physical theatre show her years of training and experience in this field. She also has a wicked sense of humour, and is not afraid to open very personal cupboards to let the audience peek within.

However, I found there was a tendency to harangue, which does not always sound funny, and I was relieved when the softness and appreciation of the extraordinary joys of motherhood crept into the show right at the end. Sleepless nights, messy homes, dishevelled appearance, broken routines, and endless sacrifice are the norm for new moms, unless they have a platoon of helpers to ease the way. Motherhood is a challenge that only those who have walked the path can really appreciate and understand, and there were many of those in the audience judging by the ‘ah-hum’, nods of agreement and enthusiastic responses to the sassy question "Am I right, or I am right?"

It was a first night of a first show in a new style where there are no backers or bouncers or savers if things go awry, and naturally there was an excess of nerves and excitement evident. Given all this, Daisy pulled the show off to the acclaim of the audience who supported her both verbally, with generous laughter and with convincing applause. There is no doubt that Daisy has everything it takes to hold an audience - the hour went by very quickly. Watch out for a brand new stand up talent that is fearless, provocative and skilled! 

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