Catherine Semark is a sharp, witty woman with some generally comical banter. She’s eccentric and funny, with a huge variety of interesting material in her show. The performance included brief, comical psychological studies on one member of the audience, as well as material including YouTube video suggestions and personal stories. Semark impressed her audience with her well delivered, well devised comedy and really was a treat to watch.
Not only was Semark’s comedy sharply funny, but also rather educational. I even learnt a new word, which I’m going to share with you all – ‘mondegreen’. A lovely word, meaning a misheard or misinterpreted song lyric, hence the title of her show. ‘Shadow Ape’ is a misheard song lyric from the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter and is the inner part of your psyche which lurks around in all of us, waiting to bring out the darker side of our personalities. Quite profound, as well as amusing. She also detailed some classically hilarious YouTube videos for the audience to research in their own time. Having completed the aforementioned research, I can safely say they’re well worth a look (cat-shark on a hoover and babies eating lemons for the first time). Semark also coined my new favourite supermarket-based insult – vegetable bandit. She really gives her audience some gems to take away with them.
Semark takes the everyday and makes it hilarious. From the sexism of AA workers to her awkward performance in McDonalds, she really knows how to write great comedy.