The News at Kate 2012

A left-wing, atheist, ultra-feminist comedienne performing a politically fuelled stand-up show sounds daunting to say the least. However, if you descend into the depths of Ciao Roma expecting a flaming, uneducated, soapbox rant about how all men are bastards and how David Cameron is almost certainly a reptile you will be pleasantly surprised - you may not entirely agree with Kate Smurthwaite’s strong views but there is no denying her comic ability and prowess.

Smurthwaite’s strength of material, delivery and tenacious rapport with the audience allow her to divulge her sometimes risqué opinions with only minimal danger of ostracising the crowd. Throughout the show there were many whoops of support from audience members who shared her beliefs but even the more politically passive and ignorant, a bracket I admittedly fall into, will find much to enjoy in her punchy and intelligent set.

It is easy to see why Smurthwaite is regularly invited onto debating programmes as the verve with which she articulates her views on our land is monumental. This is not to say that Smurthwaite is aggressive or unnecessarily intimidating. She is clearly brimming with passion about the issues she stands for but she communicates her indignation with an infectiously positive attitude. Even when she admits that she often feels her political campaigns are a constant uphill battle or deals with a particularly annoying heckler (as she did on the on the night I attended) her charm never wavers.

Some may still find Smurthwaite’s outright views a little tiresome and she did cross a line with her audience with one comment about pregnancy and abortion, leaving the room cold and silent for a moment. However, Smurthwaite’s comedy is good and she certainly deserves your attention - whatever your political standing.

Reviews by Andy Currums

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde

Strange Face - Adventures with a Lost Nick Drake Recording

Assembly George Square Studios

Antonio Forcione: No Strings Attached

Pleasance Courtyard

...and This is My Friend Mr Laurel

Just the Tonic at The Community Project

Mick Ferry: What's Going On?

Assembly George Square Studios

Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe

theSpace @ Symposium Hall

Eric Davidson - The Independent State of Eric


The Blurb

Kate Smurthwaite presents a new hour of left wing satirical comedy about the news, being in the news, and being on the news. Also known as 'that atheist b*tchslap woman' from YouTube. Free! @Cruella1.