Rosie Holt: The Woman's Hour

Rosie Holt is much loved on Twitter for her razor-sharp parodies of the thick Tory politician with Good Hair, haplessly spouting any porkie and defending any porker in the hope of elevation up the greasiest of poles. In fact, so on-the-money have these clips proved and so believable is Holt’s gormless grin that there have been countless tuts and shaken heads at the woeful intellectual standards of our current crop of MPs; leading one to hope that whichever comedian is playing Liz Truss will ‘fess up sooner rather than when she’s had the chance to do even more damage.

Holt’s grotesque gallery of characters spider out from a bouncy and confidential persona

It is a testament to Holt’s audience that she has already attained the status of the old rockers desperate to share their new stuff rather than just trot out the beloved old bangers time and again. And so, in addition to the Tory Dimwit most of us are there for, we are treated to a chaotic hour of character-led comedy in which Holt creates a lovely, bouncy and confidential persona from which her grotesques sort of spider out.

It’s something like spending the evening getting slowly sloshed with your crazy niece / favourite Auntie as you urge them to ‘go on… do that thing’. Clothes go flying, legs are flashed, wigs flap in abundance, there are family anecdotes and goofy interpretative dances. The Tory Twerp is there, but so is a Nasty Leftie, a Freeze Peach Talk Show Host, a Sexually Voracious Guru talking, each of which offers and largely delivers in terms of the rich satirical material so generously spawned.

Whilst the show lacks the precisional political skewering which has earned such a rightful following online, this charmimgly shambolic set allows Holt to step from the clutches of a character who can - we hope - surely only have a limited shelf-life. There is something at once old-fashioned and yet progressive about her style, and her legions of fans have already pretty much sold out her run. But if you can find a ticket and want an hour of daft 'political discourse' delivered with all the vivacity and charisma of a labrador puppy, this is the show for you.

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The Blurb

Social media sensation and Chortle Award winner Rosie Holt debuts an hour of character comedy based on her hit satirical videos. A right-wing "opinionist" distorting the news, an MP desperately defending a failing government, a left-winger wanting to say the right thing but scared of getting it wrong. These characters and more come together when their creator accidentally becomes the news, as they try to speak their truth whatever the facts. 'If she can stay in character long enough, she'll have a Telegraph column and a seat on Question Time by teatime' (James O'Brien).

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