In a bunker in the Pleasance Courtyard there is a girl performing a show that contains jokes about Nazis, self harm, curly fringes and is on occasion quite unflattering towards herself. WHO IS SHE?
Bauer appears to take great pleasure in balancing on the precipice of acceptability. In less capable hands her material could descend into edgelord territory. In Little Miss Baby Angel Face absolutely nothing is off the table, there is nothing Bauer won’t say or do to make you look.
Where does she get this hunger for attention from? It’s all thanks to Anne Bauer, her mother. Yes, that Anne Bauer, she of the home drama school in Fleet, Hampshire. Bauer’s mother looms large in this show, how could she not, this woman has a LOT going on in her life. But, Bauer wonders is all this attention-seeking getting in the way of actual communication, when people think you must be fine because you’re The Fun one and it doesn’t fit into their narrative if you have issues of your own.
Bauer is an incredibly deft performer, you have to be if your jokes are so close to the mark. In the show I attended three people left before popping back in to announce that you don’t joke about self-harm. There is a trigger warning for this show which perhaps these people hadn’t taken into account, or perhaps it was their first show and they weren’t aware that often when a comedian jokes about a sensitive subject, they will bring it back and resolve it. Bauer dealt with this incident incredibly well and was able to quickly bring the energy in the room back up and continue with the show.
This is an incredibly strong debut, pretty soon all eyes are going to be on Helen Bauer.
Helen Bauer: Little Miss Baby Angel Face is at the Pleasance Courtyard at 18:00 until 25th 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!