Nancy Clench is most definitely downright dirty while she naughtily, yet playfully draws with her audience into her guilty shenanigans– and her show is all the merrier for it as she takes you on a journey around her life – mostly her sex life, and at times the sex life of her audience.
She has an exceedingly sweet and cheery stage presence, which makes you warm to her immediately, so much so, that afterwards you realise that if almost any other stand-up performer was saying half the stuff that she had, you would have walked-out. Whereas with Nancy, you gleefully let her turn the air blue… and orange… and brown… and erm… red… come see the show and you’ll get what I mean, as you squirm and laugh your way through it. It is a testament to her considerable talents and likeability.
Her imagination and wit are highly vivid and though it is tempting to pick-out more of her key jokes, observations in her sharp material and her interactions with last night’s thankful audience (it was a sell-out the previous night) were a pleasure to behold. She is able to make us laugh as much at ourselves as she does with herself, even when she pulls unfortunate audience members up on to the stage with her and starts discussing, their own members (if you are a gay man – watch out she’ll be after you!) and the simple, straight forward, yet expertly handled technical set-up really lets Nancy’s work shine.
Clench did almost exactly everything that it says on her large proudly tartan tin, with the exception of making me look at the loathsome Daily Mail in a different way, as we see eye to eye on that matter, and her big finale is well worth an encore as she demonstrates just what a cracking pair of lungs she has – feel free to interpret that last comment anyway you want, I know Nancy would appreciate it if you did.
Nancy Clench – Downright Dirty – 20th August to 24th August, 22.35 (50 mins), £8.50 (£70)
At Spotlites at Merchants Hall, Venue 278, 22 Hanover Street, Edinburgh