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Review of 20% less’s WORD OF MUFF

WORD OF MUFF: Photo Credit Mariana Feijo
WORD OF MUFF: Photo Credit Mariana Feijo

20% less’s WORD OF MUFF, is a FREE monthly event that boasts an all female line up, celebrating talented women from music and comedy genres. August’s event was held at the Miller Pub in Borough, SE1.

As you may or may not be aware the topic of ensuring more women are visible on TV panel shows and appear on festival line ups is something that the media is discussing a lot at the moment.

As someone who agrees that there are talented women out there, they just aren’t picked up by mainstream media, I embraced the concept of an all-female lineup and found myself at their variety show WORD OF MUFF where the strap line is “comedy made by women for everyone”.

For those of you who have read my reviews before, you know that I am a sucker for fringe, variety, and cabaret and I really enjoy supporting emerging artist and their work.

The show is quite long, running over two and a half hours including a short 20-minute interval. It’s hosted by four enthusiastic and smiley women whose on-stage banter is natural, funny and very reactive. Their audience whooped and cheered with them and for them, really enjoying their interactive compering. Personally, I wasn’t a fan, but I must say, a packed audience of cheering audience showed that I was definitely in the minority.

What I did really enjoy was their superb choice of guest performers. They really did find the cream of emerging artists and it was a real delight to see and support these performers as they work the “circuit” (Full list below)

Highlights for me include Bisha K. Ali’s stand-up. She had me laughing out loud, clapping and whooping and really starting to love Rhinos! (you’ll have to see her act for that one!) Bisha is definitely a comedian that I will be looking out for in the club circuit. I’ve already shared her jokes at work and looked her up on social media.

We were also treated to four acoustic numbers by Hollie Foster, a quick witted, and very talented songwriter who reminded me of Ed Sheeran: A talented lady, with ginger hair, who plays the guitar and sings self-penned songs of troubled love! However, dare I say it, Hollie has better banter!

Rebecca Schuster also delivered her brilliant character comedy in her very interactive act JESSICA. This was sublime to watch, this lady has super talent and came to WORD OF MUFF straight from the Camden Fringe where I’m sure people were paying good money to see her perform.

I am going to give the night 4 stars because of the quality of the guest turns! The evening wasn’t quite to my personal taste, and I felt that the evening’s entertainment was really let down by the hosts’ ‘improv’ session that opened the event. However, I believe I was in the minority, as where I cringed others cheered and laughed very loudly. So, maybe I am not the right audience member for WORD OF MUFF.

What I can say is that I applaud these ladies for all their hard work, showing that comedy is not a male profession and that there are some brilliant artists out there who need to be seen. The fact that these women do it for free in central London is also really admirable. I may even find myself at their other monthly showcases.

4 stars

Review by Faye Stockley

20% Less bring you an all female line up of comedians every month. Performers will regale you with improvised comedy, sketch and character comedy and stand up comedy, as well as live music on occasion.

Past editions included Grainne Mcguire, the Ladies of the FA County, Shelf and Hurt & Anderson and future editions will include Bisha K. Ali, Susan Harrison, Idil Sukan among many others.

1st half
20% Less + guests Emma Tribe and Rebecca Schuster
Cordelia Graham
Bisha K. Ali 
Hollie Foster (on music)
2nd half:
Hollie Foster (on music)
Megan Ford
Rebecca Schuster
20% Less

Next shows are:
24th September 8 PM The Horse & Stables, London SE1 7RW
22nd October 8 PM The Horse & Stables, London SE1 7RW.


  • Faye Stockley

    Faye read Theatre & Performance at The University of Warwick; she went on to work as a stage manager in London and Edinburgh. She had a year's stint on-board the MV Island Escape as a Social Host and Compere and now works full time as a Recruitment Manager for the broadcast, entertainment and media sectors.

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