Abi Roberts adorns her ushanka hat and jovially welcomes her audience into
We leave feeling quite inspired and emotionally moved.
Roberts tells her stories with honesty and a lot of pleasure in sharing with the audience, and of course - they are hilarious. She tells us of her host family, with is token babooshka, drinking vodka, studying under a famous professor, gay rights, and how Moscow was a very different place in the 90s. Her performance singing a Marge Simpson impression opera piece is oddly just as fantastic as her operatic rendition of Chicago’s All That Jazz, which is sung entirely in Russian. Throughout all the joyful stories we are treated to, Roberts speaks with such passion and wonder at all the threads that have woven through her life that roots her to Russia, and what has brought her to stand-up comedy. It’s a delightful look at life’s ironies and synchronicity.
Roberts’ references the extreme laws and social politics of Russia today and compares it to her time there in the 90s. The audience are just as enchanted by her experiences there as Roberts herself, so it is devastating when we learn she had to flee to England during the 1993 constitutional crisis. It was refreshing to see a stand-up comedian who can make us laugh but also keep us so immersed in her story and the people she knew that we leave feeling quite inspired and emotionally moved.