Comedy review: Chastity Butterworth & The Spanish Hamster
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Chastity Butterworth & The Spanish Hamster at Assembly Roxy (Venue 139), reviewed by Jay Richardson
Like the Ironborn sea captain she plays in Game of Thrones, Gemma Whelan’s creation Chastity Butterworth is from a privileged background. And that’s where the similarities end.
Affecting a flustered air, she reels off a succession of puns, only the character’s apologetic poshness affording her an alibi for some absolute groaners.
Giving more explanation as to why a Spanish hamster doesn’t feature in her show than why this unlikely figure is performing comedy, she does at least blurt out some amusing asides about the erotic peccadilloes of her marriage. And she’s unflappable chatting with the crowd. But otherwise, this is disappointingly meagre stuff.
MORE INFO: Chastity Butterworth & The Spanish Hamster at Assembly Roxy (Venue 139), until 26 August
Originally published in The Scotsman