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Felicity Ward: a sharp and lovable return

Christian Butler

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After skipping the Fringe last year, Australian comedienne Felicity Ward returns to much excitement, following the acclaim of What if There is No Toilet? (2015) and 50% More Likely to Die (2016).

While her previous shows have dealt with topics ranging from IBS to mental health, Busting a Nut provides a broader look at her day-to-day life. And though it is less conceptual than her previous hours, it is still packed with her high-energy observational humour.

Much of the show reflects on her time off from comedy. She seems more mellow, talking about married life and her various holidays. But she is still able to tap into her high-strung persona when she wants to. She has a gift for bringing personal anecdotes to life, for achieving the universal through the neurotically specific.

Busting a Nut proves Ward is as sharp, fast and lovable as ever.

★★★★☆

Christian Butler is a spiked columnist. Follow him on Twitter: @CPAButler

Felicity Ward: Busting A Nut is at the Pleasance Courtyard until 26 August.

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