Glasgow Comedy Festival*
Last week I was invited by Scotrail to the Glasgow International Comedy Festival to see Sue Perkins live on stage at the beautiful King's Theatre. The comedienne is currently on a UK tour with her newly published auto-biography, Spectacles: A Memoir. An interesting show to say the least, especially with my theatre pals Catherine and Caspian along as fellow pun lovers. Read on to see what we thought...
I know Sue Perkins well from my obsession with The Great British Bake Off! She is half of the fabulous Mel & Sue duo that present the show alongside Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (although sadly the dream team is no more...), so it was brilliant to hear anecdotes, jokes and gossip about GBBO, with puns and double enterndres galore. But it was also interesting to hear about Sue's childhood, relationships and other aspects of her career including her new travel documentary The Mekong River.
Sue was enthusiastic, funny and silly from start to finish, just as we'd expected. The pace was a little slow as much of the stage time was Sue reading from her book, which naturally felt a little too poetic or theatrical, but we most enjoyed the audience Q&A, where it became clear that Sue was much more relaxed when improvising rather than being held back by a script.
At the end, Sue whipped out a guitar and gave us an unexpected song, which was surprising and quite hilarious, maybe for the wrong reasons! Overall though, we had a really great time and it was nice to soak up the atmosphere of live comedy which I don't usually get the opportunity to see.