Way before Tania Edwards started winning her recent array of awards, we had already recognised her potential as a finalist in the 2009 Funny Women Awards, won by London Hughes who has also been rocking this year’s Fringe.
10 year on, one husband and two babies down (which I only mention in the context of her show in which they feature), Tania brings this brand new hour of seemingly effortless comic genius to an audience actively seeking out humour based on ‘real-life’ (I asked a few of them) and it’s a joy to behold.
Last year Tania won the Amused Moose Comedy Award for her show Not My Dog and has continued her winning formula into this year. She takes an irreverent look at love, marriage and parenthood, as well as a sideswipe at our vanity in a social media, saturated age. It’s an identifiable construct whatever your age, marital status and whether or not you have any kids. I know things have changed since I had my firstborn 30 odd years ago but the principles and the thinking are still the same.
Tania explores the rising tide of self-obsession fuelled by social media and its impact on her immediate and the wider society. This is a content-rich show with lots to take away and ponder. The comedy is dense, clever, creative and powerful.
It’s no wonder that in previous years at the Edinburgh Fringe, Tania has been selected for James Acaster’s top comedy picks for The Guardian, Glamour Magazine’s Top Female Comedians and The Mirror’s top five jokes of the Fringe. On the eve of our 16th Funny Women Awards final, I’m proud we picked her for our final 10 years ago.
Read more about Tania in one of our Alumni interviews by Gemma Higgins here.
Tania Edwards: Don’t Mention It is at Monkey Barrel Two at 16:00 until 25th August. For tickets and more information click here!