I’ve seen a few shows over the years that can be described as… revenge shows. Shows inspired by a past slight the comedian mines for all they would have said at the time. Who looks foolish NOW, Sandra?* Often they can be a mite too bitter or self-congratulatory. We all know the joke about stand up being cheaper than therapy but uh, I don’t think you can beat a bit of professional advice.
Having said all that, while Lemon is designed as a riposte to an audience member from Bohart’s 2018 debut Fringe show, the reasoning behind it is sweet, not bitter. In fact it’s arguable that this audience member did us all a favour, providing a great springboard for an hour that covers queer relationships, passing, common yet baffling cis-het queries and the the theory of ‘lesbian bed death’ which may, or may not be totally scientific.
Bohart simultaneously has the air of someone who sends handwritten thank-you notes but should not be crossed. Her sopomore hour displays a softer side to this comic who has a talent for excellently acerbic lines. Lemon is a love letter combined with a call to arms to the queer community and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans alike. In Lemon Bohart has really found her comedy voice.
*Bohart does not mention a Sandra, but I once got slighted by one and so I’ve named her ‘cos why not? I’ve got time for a law suit.
Catherine Bohart: Lemon is at the Pleasance Courtyard at 18:00 until 25th August (not 13th August). For tickets and more information click here!
There’s still time to nominate a women-led show for the 2019 Funny Women Awards’ Best Show Category! The show with the most nominations will be picked! Nominate a show you have seen or your own show by 31st August here!