5 Good Reasons to See Gillian English: She Wolf

1. You’ll learn so much! Think of She Wolf as a profanity laden Ted Talk, done in character with interjections of Shakespearean monologues. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn heaps!

2. I’m an Australian Permanent Resident, but I still have that foreign Canadian accent. Missing the internationals this festival? I got ya covered!

3. If you love Shakespeare, you’ll enjoy this new look at his historical works in a modern context.

4. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll enjoy this ruthless take down of centuries old propaganda.

5. It just won a 2021 Weekly Best Comedy Award at the Adelaide Fringe. It’s certified fresh and funny!

Gillian English performs She Wolf at Storyville Melbourne Mar 23 – Apr 4
Tickets Available Here: https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2021/shows/she-wolf

Gillian English – You’re A Good Man Doctor Pirate

By Peter Newling 

Gillian English is a self-described Canadian immigrant living in Tasmania. Her offering for this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival traces her journey from small-town Nova Scotia to the suburbs of Hobart, and the role a clairvoyant-to-the-stars played in the journey.

In a dynamite 55 minutes, English explores the role of fate in our lives – however you choose to hear about it – through clairvoyance, astrology, religion, fairy tales and folklore, or through the predictions of friends and family. She explores the notions of destiny and self-fulfilling prophecy, and how we choose to respond to (or reject) what the universe has in store for us.

Most importantly, this is laugh out loud stuff.

English is first and foremost an amazingly accomplished story teller. She has a breathtaking, rapid fire style that is in equal parts exhilarating and exhausting. If you want to see a display of the mastery of the half beat pause for comic effect, here it is.

It’s a very ‘look at me’ style of comedy (is that the Sagittarius or the Gemini side winning?). It’s brash, confident, high energy and relentless. And the silver sparkly outfit immediately lets you know where your focus needs to be.

The narrative of her verbal tour of her journey to Tasmania, and her search for what’s been promised to her, has been finely crafted and honed. She is able to create amazingly clear mental images of the people who are on the journey with her – including her mum, her friends, her housemates and her partner.

What does the title of the show mean? Well, you’ll just have to go along and find out. It’s a show that deserves a bigger audience than Tuesday night at the Fringe was able to attract!

Gillian English – You’re A Good Man Doctor Pirate is playing Sept 24 – 27 at Coopers Inn t 8:40pm.

Tickets through https://melbournefringe.com.au/event/youre-a-good-man-doctor-pirate/

Aussie invasion of 2018 Edinburgh Fringe

It’s not long now until the world’s largest fringe arts festival begins in warmer climes and again a massive contingent of Australians and expats are headed to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Many have traveled the Australian festival circuit and have been whipped into shape for international audiences. Some have been previously reviewed by Squirrel but remember they will have been further polished and may have been revised and reworked.

Hannah Gadsby

Last year Australian, Hannah Gadsby won Best Comedy at the Fringe, she’s had to cancel her Edinburgh Fringe run this year but there’s a lot more amazing comedy talent coming up from down under. If you are travelling anywhere near Edinburgh this August, have a look at the following list of shows and consider going to see an Australian act.

AC/DC: Australian Comedians / Dope Comedy
(MC Daniel Muggleton & various Aussie guests)
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Adam Vincent – Stuck in the Suburbs With You 

Adam Vincent

Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Aidan ‘Taco’ Jones – 52 Days
Laughing Horse @ City Café

Alex Williamson – So Wrong, It’s Wrong
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Alice Fraser – Ethos

Alice Fraser

Underbelly, Bristo Square

Andrew Roper – What Is Best in Life?
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Ange Lavoipierre and Jane Watt – Luxury Split Bill
Just the Tonic at The Caves

Anthony Jeannot – Life Coach (Age 14)
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Ben McCarthy – Nevermind
Paradise in The Vault

Blaise White Changes the World
Three Broomsticks

Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Do Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches
Monkey Barrel Comedy Club

Brendon Burns – Mansplainin’

Brendon Burns

Heroes @ Boteco

Brett Blake – Reckless
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Calling My Tribe – Boo Dwyer
Assembly George Square Theatre

Changing Jennifers – Improvised Improv

Claire Sullivan – I Wish I Owned a Hotel for Dogs 

Claire Sullivan

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Squirrel Review:

Claire Sullivan – I Wish I Owned A Hotel For Dogs

Clara Cupcakes

Clara Cupcakes – The Worst
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Squirrel Review:

Clara Cupcakes – The Worst

Comedians Against Humanity (MC Yianni Agisilaou)


Pleasance Dome

Squirrel Review:

Comedians Against Humanity: Hosted by Yianni Agisilaou

Comedy Boxing: New Challengers
Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Damian Clark – Extra Show
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Daniel Connell – Mr Personality 1988

Daniel Connell

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Squirrel Review:

Daniel Connell – MR PERSONALITY 1988


Daniel Muggleton – Mouth Breather
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Demi Lardner – I Love Skeleton

Demi Lardner

Assembly George Square Studios

Dilruk Jayasinha – The Art of the Dil
Assembly George Square Theatre

Felicity Ward – Busting a Nut
Pleasance Courtyard

Frank Hadchiti – The Lesbian Whisperer
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Fringe Wives Club – Glittery Clittery 
Assembly Roxy

Garry Starr Performs Everything
Underbelly, Cowgate

George Dimarelos – A Book Lovers Comedy Show
Laughing Horse @ City Café

George Dimarelos – George Michael Is Greek
Laughing Horse @ City Café

Gillian English – She Wolf 

Gillian English

Voodoo Rooms

Good Evening Edinburgh, It’s Sam Kissajukian
Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Grant Busé – The Birds and the Beats
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Huge News with Kyron and Menschy
Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre

Is This the Worst Quiz / Game Show Ever? (Edinburgh Regional Championships) Hosted by Yianni Agisilaou
Sneaky Pete’s

Ivan Aristeguieta – Juithy 

Ivan Aristeguieta

Pleasance Courtyard

James McLean – Good Manners Gone Bad
Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre

Jez Watts – #1 Comedy Great Fun Best Show
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Jimeoin – Result!
Pleasance at EICC

Jimeoin – Roast Chicken Result!
Pleasance at EICC

John Robertson – Sweaty, Sexy Party Party
Just the Tonic at The Tron

John Robertson – The Dark Room
Underbelly, Cowgate

Jon & Nath Like to Party
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Josh Glanc – Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian 

Josh Glanc

Underbelly, Bristo Square

Squirrel Review:

Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian


Kyle Legacy – The Fresh Prince of Comedy
Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Larissa Moran – Love Like 90s R’n’B

Laura Davis – Ghost Machine

Laura Davis

Underbelly, Cowgate

Squirrel Review: 

Laura Davis – Ghost Machine


Mick Neven and Jacques Barrett – Australian Beauty

Mick Neven – Charm Offensive
Sneaky Pete’s

Nathan Lang – The Stuntman
Just the Tonic at The Caves

Neal Portenza’s Final Edinburgh Show Will Be a Bad Magic Show on a Bus.

Neal Portenza

BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Netflix and Amazon Prime Are All Welcome
Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus

Nick Elleray – It’s Been Emotional
Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

Oliver Coleman – Delicious
The Coffee House

Plumbing the Death Star Live
Just the Tonic at The Caves

Rhys Nicholson

Rhys Nicholson – Seminal

Underbelly, Bristo Square

Ruven Govender – Ethnic Cleansing
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Sam Campbell – The Trough

Sam Campbell

Monkey Barrel Comedy Club

Sam Kissajukian – Alcohol Is Good for You
Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Sharnema Nougar & David Tieck – Two Little Dickheads
Just the Tonic at The Mash House

Sofie Prints – Jesus Was a Rape Baby
Three Broomsticks

Steen Raskopoulos and Carlo Ritchie – The Bear Pack

Bear Pack

Underbelly, Cowgate

Squirrel Review:

The Bear Pack – Carlo Ritchie and Steen Raskopoulos

Steen Raskopoulos – Stay
Underbelly, Cowgate

The Stevenson Experience – Spot the Difference
Assembly George Square Studios

Stuart Bowden – Our Molecules
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Tenuous Link – Unexpected Inheritance
PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court

Tessa Waters – Fully Sik 

Tessa Waters

Heroes @ The SpiegelYurt

Thao Thanh Cao – Appropriately Inappropriate
Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside

The Ashes: A Comedy Showdown
Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse

The Nasty Show
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Thomas Green – Doubting Thomas
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Time Out With Ross Voss
Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s

The Travellin’ Man Comedy Showcase (MC Aidan ‘Taco’ Jones)
Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside

The Travelling Sisters – Toupé 

The Travelling Sisters

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Squirrel Review:

The Travelling Sisters – Toupé

Tom Walker – Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk 

Tom Walker

Underbelly, Bristo Square

Squirrel Review:

Tom Walker: Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk

Tri-Nations Comedy
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Wil Greenway – Either Side of Everything
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Yianni Agisilaou – I, Human
Pleasance Dome

Gillian English is a Bitter Shrew

By Lisa Clark Gillian English pic

Most of us have a shitty romance or breakup story, and Gillian English has put hers into lists for us. She is questioning why she has on several occasions been called a “Bitter Shrew”. She goes about this by loudly naming and shaming men who’ve behaved badly towards her and while trying to shift blame fails somewhat to prove her point but is entertaining none the less.

This is an autobiographical festival show made up of the stories of Gillian’s life that all relate to sex. This is not about love, though it does get the odd look in, it is about sex. Gillian is fierce and fearless. She is not shy of sharing intimate details of her varied sex life as she describes losing her virtue, one night stands and Buzzfeed-style lists the 5 worst ways a man has dumped her and more briefly her worst Tinder experiences. Things get fairly graphic as seems to be the current fashion in comedy but Gillian manages to carry it off with her larger than life personality and her ability to keep the laughs flowing throughout.

Gillian clearly has a lot of stage experience, she’s brimming with confidence as an entertaining storyteller and has a good rhythm and tone to her voice. At times, I could sense some influence from Samantha Bee when she got on the feminist pep talk podium. Not a bad influence to have as a strong feminist comedian. There is one hint of vulnerability when she admits briefly she doesn’t feel traditionally pretty and there are some times when she shows some negative sides to her personality like putting a stage costume ahead of the life of a man she loves who is having a heart attack which she recognises is a really low act and something she’d not do again. But she loses the audience’s sympathy somewhat as she fails to look deeply in the mirror or even to explore what the term Bitter Shrew means and whether, even comedically there might be a kernel of truth.

Gillian English is a Bitter Shrew could be a great girls night out, especially if you are in the mood to share a girl power vibe and hear about how annoying men can be in the world of romance; well…hook-ups, one night stands and potential relationships. There are certainly a lot of laughs here, but in a Festival brimming with autobiographical shows this one is a bit like her one night stands, fun and interesting at the time, but not one that will live with you in the long term.

Gillian English is a Bitter Shrew is on at The Imperial Hotel until April 23