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Zoe Lyons at Lichfield Garrick - Review

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An Hour Of Hilarious Stand-Up From Top Comedienne
This is stand-up comedian Zoe Lyons as she is undoubtedly meant to be seen and appreciated. Numerous television appearances, and even short stints in a line-up of live comedy acts are all very well. But you only really appreciate and fully enjoy the comedy talent that is Zoe Lyons until you see her in action during her full and complete one hour show. Fortunately for fans in Staffordshire Zoe was appearing at the Lichfield Garrick theatre as part of the annual Lichfield Festival. And, with no compere or warm-up act, this was the opportunity to see her give voice on a whole range of issues during her current 'Little Misfit' stand-up show.

Zoe Lyons
Comedienne Zoe Lyons was in great form

The 'misfit' in question presumably refers to Zoe growing up as a gay schoolgirl with an Irish accent courtesy of her father - more of him later! But, now happily married to her Dutch wife, Zoe is clearly feeling more a part of the crowd, particularly as that 'crowd' is in Brighton. Zoe happily reveals that she didn't suffer a lot of the homophobic abuse that is sadly all too commonplace nowadays while she was growing up. Although she did reveal that she and her wife took a chance by spending their honeymoon in Egypt.

Zoe Lyons
You need an hour to fully appreciate Zoe

Zoe also hilariously describes introducing her then girlfriend to her dad, but that is just one of a considerable and varied number of topics that she delves into during her well crafted show. She does confess that the "more you watch the news, the more depressed you get". But, while reserving much of her concerns for Donald Trump being elected to the White House, she does feel optimistic for the future post-Brexit despite having voted the other way. Part of the reason for her optimism, she reveals, is having an Irish passport courtesy of her dad. And he again comes to the fore later on when she gives a fabulously funny description of explaining technical things to him after buying him an iPad.

Lichfield Garrick
Zoe was in her element in the intimate studio theatre at Lichfield Garrick

Other subjects are just as funny as Zoe, who has made regular guest appearances on shows such as Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, comes more and more into her own. She engages fully with the audience when talking about how she was taught by Irish nuns, and again when checking the ages of her audience members now she herself has reached her mid-40s - an age she is completely comfortable with. And she maintains her humour level with stories ranging from women's cosmetics to the more serious issue of the plight of women in Saudi Arabia.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Why? Comedienne Zoe Lyons In Great Stand-Up Form
When: 10 July 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets cost £16 each
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