Comedy review: Tanyalee Davis: Big Trouble in Little ‘Gina
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Tanyalee Davis: Big Trouble in Little ‘Gina at The Assembly Rooms (Venue 20), reviewed by Claire Smith
Working comics tend to live their lives on trains, planes and in hotel rooms. But then sometimes something out of the ordinary happens to them. And everyone says: “You should make that into your Fringe show.”
In the case of Tanyalee Davis the extraordinary event was a series of medical disasters, which culminated in her having her uterus removed.
“As you can see, I survived,” she says.
She survived but this catalogue of procedures, illustrated with gory pictures, including a photograph of the offending uterus, does not really work as a show. It’s not a funny story. It’s awful. And peppering it with euphemisms for female body parts is not enough to lift it into something else.
What works is Davis herself, who is smart, funny, warm, confident, and despite all these medical misadventures, glowing with energy.
I loved her presence and her style and watching this made me want to come back and see her again. I would like to hear Tanyalee Davis tell more stories from her life – just not this one.
Originally published in The Scotsman