Thursday, September 28

Gabby Killick – Gilded Balloon Teviot

In the midst of pink hues and a half full room, Gabby Killick’s stand-up comedy show offers an approach to humour that certainly sparks conversation. With an emphasis on audience interaction, Killick goes into her dating life, sharing stories of drunk texting exes and the perils of mixing love and intoxication. 

She doesn’t shy away from taboo topics, bravely venturing into subjects like abortion and school shootings, where her willingness to tackle tough subjects is undeniable, however, there are moments where the execution feels insensitive. Her exploration of serious matters like sexual harassment and paedophiles, while brave, could benefit from a more empathetic approach. Killick’s comedic one-liners, occasionally miss the mark, leaving the audience waiting for the punchline. 

Killick ingeniously personifies apps and even stages a beauty pageant for diseases, demonstrating her unique comedic vision. She ventures into the realm of cancel culture, singing a song that captures today’s societal norms.

Killick’s show involves plenty of audience participation, and her choice to bring audience members on stage to dance adds a lively dynamic. She talks on personal experiences, like her struggle with eczema, into her set, offering a relatable touch. Nevertheless, there are instances where her jokes seem to shame those who indulge.

Going beyond the surface and addressing critical issues is a commendable feat, and Gabby Killick is unafraid to venture into the realm of the uncomfortable. Her show opens dialogue on topics often pushed aside, such as the state of today’s society, but it occasionally lacks the finesse needed to fully navigate these sensitive topics. With a bit more refinement, her bold approach has the potential to truly resonate with her audience.

Reviewer: Stephanie Dunk

Reviewed: 13th August 2023

North West End UK Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.