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Sarah Keyworth: Lost Boy – Pleasance Courtyard

There was a substantial amount of banter with members of the audience in the first couple of rows at the performance I attended. I’m still not entirely sure why we needed to know who was related to whom or what they all did for a living, though Sarah Keyworth knew when to rein it in, such that the interactions didn’t feel like filler. Interestingly, having (gently) chided the audience for not being as responsive as we could be, some of the audience’s remarks proved to be amusing in themselves, misconstrued as sexual references.

Sarah KeyworthIn context, Keyworth had been talking about masturbation, and there was a story about how she met her current girlfriend. I didn’t see anything bizarre in it – I know of a school friend who is now married to someone he knew at school. They had been friends for a long time, and it was years before they started dating. I must admit, though, it was a surprise to discover they’d moved in together. Keyworth had been friends with her current girlfriend since the age of sixteen, which precipitated some excellent observations on how this can be perceived by others.

That wasn’t even the salient point, in a show that, it transpired, was essentially a tribute to the comedy director and writer Paul Byrne (1977-2022), from whom Keyworth drew much inspiration and was a great friend. They had written an innumerable amount of jokes together, some of which have never seen the light of day on stage – and Keyworth goes as far as to demonstrate why, with an example of a joke that had herself and Byrne in stitches but didn’t quite land with the audience (although there is the possibility that as she pre-announced it to be a bad joke, it became a self-fulfilling prophecy).

This was a very broad comedy hour, covering everything from overly expensive therapy to Bulgarian removal men to (wait for it) mangoes. The conclusion, in particular, combines the sublime and the ridiculous, though the show as a whole is as amusing as it is absurd.

4 stars

Review by Chris Omaweng

Award-winning, comedian Sarah Keyworth returns to Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her new show ‘Lost Boy’, diving into her homemade recipe on how to find laughter when you think you’ve lost it all. In 2020, Sarah Keyworth wrote a comedy show called ‘Lil’ Keys: Big Jokes’, for many reasons, some more global than others, this show never came to light. Instead, she decided to create a show about loss… Loss of faith, loss of innocence and crucially the loss of a very important friend. ‘Lost Boy’ is a moving hour, sharing hilarious and insightful anecdotes all bringing humour into a mortal tragedy, as Sarah explores her journey to rediscovering silly.

Listing Information:
Show: Sarah Keyworth: Lost Boy
Dates: 3rd – 28th August 2022 (not 16th)
Time: 5.40pm
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard – Cabaret
Address: 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ

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