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I was very surprised, like many others, when Miranda Hart announced that she was doing live shows across the UK. As a fan of her humour and personality, I decided to pop along to one of the shows. I adore Miranda Hart and her self-titled sitcom, but I was very worried about going to see her do a stand up gig. It felt strange seeing an entire arena fill up for someone who is known for being silly on TV. But with sold out shows all over Britain, including five nights at the O2 Arena in London, Miranda is a force to be reckoned with and is one of my favourite entertainers with success from her sitcom and inclusion in Call The Midwife.
I took my seat at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff and it was clear from the surrounding audience members that Miranda’s appeal is extremely diverse. I saw teenagers, young women, old men, little kids and many more. I felt like I was sitting down with a few thousand people to watch an episode of Miranda on the telly, like a massive yet creepy family reunion.
Around me, I could hear children quoting her television show, an old woman joyfully saying ‘such fun’ at every opportunity and even a gay man galloping to his seat whilst the pre-show soundtrack was playing, which included S-Club 7 and Shania Twain. This supports Miranda’s theory that she is in fact ‘a gay man trapped inside a woman’s body’.
She came on stage and announced that we were having a party (nibbles included). One woman even had a packet of skips. There were constant references to her television show, with recycled jokes that we’ve heard before through sitcom and side-camera shots (which were shown on the big screen). It was adamant that she wanted to get to know her audience, especially the single men if you know what I mean.
Miranda’s camp walk is worth the ticket price itself. Her excited personality is constant throughout the show and you can tell that she loves every moment of the evening, with Miranda laughing at her own jokes and the audience. She even accidentally flirted with a fifteen year old boy which was a personal highlight. The audience interaction is usually something that is dreaded, but because of Miranda’s awkward personality, you wouldn’t care if she asked you to go on a date with someone in the interlude (which did happen by the way).
With an array of hilarious jokes about single life, socially awkward faux pas and wanting to be a huge famous pop star (watch out Beyoncé), Miranda’s personality and stage presence is a mix of her television persona and a normal stand-up comedian, making the entire show actually feel like a party rather than a comedy gig. We were forced to sing along to Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’, dance to the Whigfield’s classic ‘Saturday Night’ and watch YouTube clips of dogs humping humans. The entire show was pretty much an accurate representation of what I and many others get up to every weekend.