Sarah Callaghan wants to tell us a secret in her first one hour Fringe show.
Callaghan’s comedy is down to earth working class Londoner: ballsy, mouthy and with the quick witted deliver you’d expect from a teenager with attitude.
This ‘secret’ free show was full; everyone had come to see if this tipped new young comedian had what it takes in this overpopulated genre. Callaghan does hit the mark; she’s slick with some original material and she definitely has the gift of the gab.
Her material is clean and primarily aimed at a younger audience - early twenty-somethings who can relate to her stories of living at home and her “geezer.” In fact, she writes me off as an OAP at just 40 years old. She berates the 27- to 37-year-olds for having it easy while demonstrating that the younger generation and OAPs (presumably everyone over 37) know about life’s struggles.
There is some genuine original material – jokes about Oscar Pistorius and a clever Stewart Lee gag that is probably lost on her target audience. Callaghan is clever and politically savvy and it would be good to see more of this material in her act. Callaghan’s comedy is down to earth, working class Londoner: ballsy, mouthy and with the quick witted deliver you’d expect from a teenager with attitude.
Having already been shortlisted for many awards and picked as a Time Out ‘One to Watch’ this year Callaghan does seem to have what it takes to make it in the cut throat comedy world. With more direction, giving the material a bit more time to breathe and more experience she has the skills to make it.