It was a bit reluctantly that I went to Gina Yashere Union Black, one of the stand-up comedy shows part of the Zoofest, formerly Flying Solo, section of the Just For Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival. This is not Yashere’s fault. I am a little comedied out and not as good an audience as I like to me. I am glad I went as this was a good show and I laughed more than I had the energy to.
A British comic now living in L.A., Yashere gave a good hour long performance to an unfortunately smallish crowd. I liked the way she first connected with the audience without pandering to it like some comics do. Though a little intimidated because there were not many of us, the audience was willing to play along and that made everybody comfortable.
I guess Union Black refers to the fact Yashere is Black and British but I found no other connection to the show’s title. I got the feeling this was a bit of a work in progress. This is occasionally the situation at this segment of the Just For Laughs stand-up comedy festival. The comic is a world traveler and a lot of her stand-up is biographical in nature. She also supports some of her jokes with some good physical work. Her topics are quite varied ranging from parachuting and other moments on her to do list to colonic irrigation and Jamaican funeral homes. She can also be a dirty comic at times, she was host of the very good Nasty Girls show, but generally keeps it adult but not bawdy.
The main weakness to the show is some of the jokes run a bit long. For example, the farts in the colonic irrigation bit or the number of coffins in the Jamaican funeral home routine could be lessened by a few and the bit would be tighter and funnier.There could also be more of a thread to follow in Gina Yashere Union Black.
Again, I am guessing this one-woman stand-up comedy show is for now a work in progress so by the time you see it these minor details should be taken care of.
Other Gina Yashere Reviews
Skinny Bitch: Solid performance but echoey sound