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Edinburgh Fringe 2017: JoJo Bellini @ The Stand

What the Edinburgh Fringe website says:

A hilariously naughty cabaret about car accidents, kink and cucumbers. Take a look into the life of cabaret queen JoJo Bellini. Who is this woman? Where has she come from? How did she recover from such a crippling car accident? Why is she touching me? Why isn’t she touching me? Is this love? Yes. Yes it is. Sit back and indulge in the unbridled naughtiness, clowning and comedy that is JoJo Bellini. 'This is the first hit I’ve had of genuine belly laughs this festival' (ThisisCabaret.com). **** (ThreeWeeks). **** (BroadwayBaby.com).

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Lewd and crude

JoJo Bellini’s Crash-Bang Cabaret! is a bawdy and innuendo-laden show featuring plenty of (as the name suggests) cabaret-style singing, burlesque-style striptease along with plenty of lewd innuendoes and come-ons to the audience.

Amid the brazen excess, the Australian comic tells - and sings - us her life story from surviving a car crash - albeit after an operation that left her with metal pins in her leg - to leaving her husband for a kinky relationship with a younger man (she at 28, he at 19 - making her a “puma”). Her on-stage energy is remarkable considering the physical damage she has suffered, but does this make it a good show?

Well, I’ll admit that I chuckled a few times at her lewd, crude jokes and outrageously brash demeanour. However, it’s really a case of going for low-cost laughs such as a skit of the Bond title song “Diamonds are Forever” where the chorus is craftily altered to “Dildos are Forever”. She’s very, very full-on and a larger-than-life character (perhaps too much for the tiny venue tucked away in a Central Edinburgh tenement stair), so if you go for this kind of humour then this is for you. If not, it’s not.

Me? Well, I’m still trying to unsee her erotically eating a cucumber.

Rating: ☆☆1/2

Tickets are available from the following link:

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