Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast: The Sands Centre, Carlisle, 2018

Sarah Millican’s big new tour for 2018 was stopping off at Carlisle on the eve of my 51st birthday in August 2018. As I was staying in my home city for the summer, I decided to go along.

If like me you like a bit of smut with your comedy (and let’s face it, who doesn’t) I was looking forward to seeing the popular South Shields comedian again as her innocence in telling smutty, filthy stories of everyday life has always made me laugh out loud. She did not disappoint. Her new show Control Enthusiast examined exactly that – the fact that she was not so much a control freak more of a control enthusiast. From the word go mentioning her sanitary towel to the packed audience, she launched into stories to name a few about body parts, what can happen at bra fittings, tips on how to talk to shop assistants, her new dog, marriage, and the unfortunate fact that she has Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It was all delivered in her cheery, unabashed, innocent, honesty so that even the filthiest description in a story can be got away with by Millican telling it. It is a device she has perfected over the years I have seen her.

I was reading Millican’s current book How To Be Champion and I took it along to the gig in the hope of it getting signed. I was told that even although the book was on sale this was not going to happen which was a shame because I would have loved to have met her. Nevertheless on the way out, I was determined to collect my free badge which said ‘I’m Champion!’ as this was how I’d felt after seeing the very funny woman perform her great show. It was a terrific birthday present.

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