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Can’t Argue with Pussy

By Apartment613 on June 21, 2014

Reviewed by Tania Levy
60 min | Comedy | Mature

Two women walk into a Fringe venue. Beginning of a bad joke? Nah. But the backstory of why they walk into a Fringe venue is interesting. Female comics have it tough. No, seriously, hear me through. Club owners who vet your material for being too female. Hecklers who can’t take a joke and lodge formal complaints about being singled out uncomfortably. The recent spate of male comics making awful rape jokes to gleeful tweets and hashtags of support while the girls are expected to smile and nod. Soldier on, young lady. Take it like a champ. I’m not sure what it says about the stand-up industry in Canada, but when two women have to pay for their own Fringe show to present a girls’ comedy hour…yikes, man. Ok, ok…I’ll try not to get my “ranties” in a knot.

Full disclosure: this is the back-story I gleaned from the 60 minute concert (concert is what they call a stand-up solo, right?) featuring Ottawa gals Jenn Hayward and Rebecca Reeds. Truth be told, these ladies never directly said that this is why they are here…but boy, do I wonder. Billed as a voyage of self-discovery, be prepared to hang your preconceptions at the door. Hayward and Reeds are eminently likeable and each perform a half-hour set of humour. The tales range from the audiences assuming you’re a lesbian because you wear plaid and a ponytail, to the problems of being overweight in a bathtub (don’t I know it). The show goes by at a quick and lively pace, with plenty of laughs, chuckles, smiles and nods of agreement. This in itself is a feat, as last night’s audience was too small for such a big show. It didn’t matter. Hayward and Reeds had us laughing uncomfortably comfortably.

The humour ranges from scatological to logical and all points in between. Those who abhor cussing and crassness beware. It runs somewhere on the comedy scale between Debra DiGiovanni, Kathy Griffin and Margaret Cho. Hayward is strong and pleasantly awkward in her “indignant” feminism. Reeds is all small-town charm, if the small-town features fishing and beer. Both are affable, the kind of gals you’d want to grab a drink with, at the tent. Recommended as a refreshing palate-cleanser after seeing a day’s worth of theatre. Can’t Argue with Pussy is arguably an hour well spent.

Can’t Argue with Pussy by JH5 Productions is playing at Venue 4-Studio Léonard-Beaulne on Saturday, June 21 at 9:00pm; Sunday, June 22 at 1:00pm; Tuesday, June 24 at 7:30pm; Thursday, June 26 at 11:00pm; and Saturday, June 28 at 9:30pm. Tickets are $10.