Kirsten MacGregor: Hello Cruel World

Bunbury Magazine: ★★★★★

They say there are two types of people in this world. After an hour of dead-pan, rapid and deadly jokes from Kirsten, it is certainly clear that she hates them both.

As an 18 year old, she was physically not the most imposing presence on stage we had seen but as soon as the jokes start rattling away, making acerbic observations well beyond her years, her presence was felt in every inch of the room.

As we were making notes for this review, we almost had to stop because we were laughing so hard our writing was illegible. The jokes are well-researched, sometimes bordering on the surreal, more often than not very dark. She plays on the fact she has Asperger’s with superb humour but also with a tenderness.

It really amazes us that her observations are so sharp for such a young age. The darkness of the jokes is also very nicely counterpointed by the fact she is very easy to listen to, being completely enveloping and nihilistic in the same breath.

We were going to do a longer review but, yeah, we were laughing too much to make more notes! An act that needs to be seen.

‘Hello Cruel World’ – 0015, The White Horse, Until 30th August.

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