Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
Hoo-Ha! Just The Tonic @ The Caves, Edinburgh, 2018
The Comedy Reserve: Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh, 2019
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019
Lily Phillips: Smut (Work in Progress): Just The Tonic at The Shed, Leicester, 2020
Clueless Does The 90’s: Online: 2020
Lily Phillips: Smut (Work in Progress): Hastings Fringe, Electric Palace, Hastings, 2021
Lily Phillips: Smut (Work in Progress): Camden Fringe: 2Northdown, London, 2021
Luke Kempner and Friends: 2Northdown, London: 2021
Lily Phillips: Smut: The Pleasance Theatre, Islington, London, 2022
Lily Phillips: Smut: Soho Theatre, London, 2023
Lily Phillips was immensely likeable on stage when I saw her at Always Be Comedy in May 2018. She was very engaging and had some brilliant one-liners and stories that entertained the crowd.
I was delighted that she was part of a double bill (along with Stephen Trumble) for Hoo-Ha! at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2018. Phillips’ quiet irony was balanced perfectly with Trumble’s high energy as the two comedians each delivered half hour sets in one show. Phillips tone matches that of her presence: succinct, calm and clear but always with an edge of sarcasm that was sometimes under-appreciated by the audience. Phillips wants the audience to come to her and her skill is the ability to gather the agreement and backing of the audience while still retaining her cool demeanour and being just that little bit obscene.
I was very pleased to see Phillips again on the bill for The Comedy Reserve at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2019 and then again at Always Be Comedy in September 2019. The rising star was fearless with the audiences and her sassy attitude was inspired talking about all things feminine.
Phillips had her own work in progress show Smut at the Leicester Comedy Festival when I went in February 2020. The show was an hour of filthy stories told with fearless ease and such warmth and charm. I was very pleased to see a full house.
With the Coronavirus outbreak of 2020, online quizzes and comedy gameshows were a regular occurrence. Phillips and Esther Manito had success with Drawn Together and this was developed in Clueless, the online game show which I watched was Clueless Does The 90’s in November 2020. Phillips and Manito headed two teams who competed in rounds such as Pack The Bin Round (which featured anything rubbish in the 90’s), guess the 90’s celebrity drawing and film charades. The show was entertaining and great to watch.
In July and August 2021, I went to the Hastings Fringe and the Camden Fringe and in October 2021 I watched Luke Kempner and Friends at 2Northdown in London where Phillips performed new material sets where she was wonderful again to watch, was extremely good with audience banter and telling more smutty stories about her life, her relationship, and her pets.
In October 2022, I was Phillips perform her full show, Smut, at The Pleasance Theatre, Islington in London. Setting out to be a show about feminism, the show featured heavily with smutty stories told with innocence and charm that won over the packed audience.
I watched Phillips perform Smut again in February 2023. To see the show evolve and to watch a comedian in total command of her audience being extremely funny has been a joy to behold.
Phillips is a real comic find and has made me laugh a lot. I wish every success and look forward to seeing her again soon.