Louisa Omelian: Politics for Bitches: Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, 2018
I saw Luisa Omielan’s latest show Politics For Bitches at the Gilded Balloon as part of the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2018. Omielan is a very sassy, outspoken performer and before we even sat down she was on stage dancing with her cute dog Bernie who remained with her for the entire hour. The show is centred on the unfunny subjects of political statistics, unfairness, and the awful, recent, tragic death of her mother (a reason it transpired why she got the dog). Omielan manages to find jokes in the most implausible situations and the topics are discussed at length using her trademark crass language. In moments that seem so impossibly distant from comedy – she ended up in tears at one point hammering home the injustice of what happened to her mother – I could relate to what she was feeling as I had lost a family member in similar circumstances. I came away feeling very sorry for what this talented comedian had been through and wish her well.