Two funny Ottawa comedians have come together to do stand-up on their own terms, without censorship in Can’t Argue With Pussy.
Should you see it?
This show is very different from what you might expect at Fringe this year. It’s not a theater show, but a stand-up comedy show. As the name suggests, these two women have come together to share their stories about being women, and being comedians.
As they tell it, comedy clubs are often a boys-club. They wanted to be able to do a set without a club owner telling them not to talk about being a feminist or being a girl. Fringe is their opportunity to share their brand of comedy, free of those nagging voices telling them to change their set.
Jenn Hayward and Rebecca Reeds are very funny people. The unabashedly female driven set was fantastic. From complaint letters to accidental lesbians these ladies had me laughing out loud. The show isn’t just for women, either. Everyone will be laughing when they hear the secret of fishing. They have a lot of great stories and hysterical jokes to share.
The downside to doing stand-up comedy during the fringe festival is that sometimes you get slated in the middle of the afternoon, with an overly attentive theater audience, and no beer. As comedy club veterans their show was clearly aimed towards a club crowd. I’m sure some audience members had the expectation of a performance piece and needed more “warming up” then a club audience would.
That being said, if you go to laugh you’ll have a good time. It’s a chance to see these talented comedians in an up-close and intimate way. And I do mean intimate. Their show has some late night listings, so if you’re looking for something a little different after seeing plays, watching these two ladies do their act is a great way to cap off your evening.
Can’t Argue with Pussy may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was just my style of humor. Rebecca Reeds and Jenn Hayward are indeed very funny comedians, putting to shame the old stereotype that women aren’t funny. No topic is off limits for Hayward, whether it be modern feminism, abortions or unappealing sweaters. Rebecca Reeds is charming as she tells you all about what it’s like to grow up in a small town, being mistaken for a lesbian and more.
I thought it was great to see these ladies cutting loose and saying what they wanted outside of a comedy club context. Since your regular Fringe audience tends to be more open-minded (and less drunk) than your typical comedy club crowd, it’s interesting to see stand up in a different context.
This is a show that definitely does better in a late night slot, after grabbing a drink at the beer tent. If you love stand up and go in ready to laugh, Can’t Argue with Pussy makes for a fun evening. It’s refreshing to see a stand up show at the Fringe – especially at the end of a long day of seeing theatre, it’s nice to have something to shake up your schedule a little.
What did you think of Can’t Argue With Pussy? Does the show live up to its name? Did Jenn and Rebecca make you laugh? Let me know what you thought in the comments.
For more information on Can’t Argue With Pussy, including show times and how to buy advance tickets, visit their show page on http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/cant-argue-with-pussy/