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Venue:The City Café, 19 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 220 0125
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Las Vegas
AUG 2-23 at 13:45 (50 min)
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Amused Moose Comedy Award Finalist, 2015, Abbie Murphy returns to the fringe with her new show, ‘Eat Sleep Shit Shag’

Murphy has been trying to figure out what it is to be a woman. Anecdotes from the ex showgirl and her journey from corduroys and football shirts, to feathers tits and teeth.

‘Murphy is sensational’ ***** Ed Fringe Review

‘Laugh aloud funny’ *** Steve Bennett, Chortle

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August 23, 2018  Bunbury Magazine
When Abbie Murphy greets the audience in perhaps the most joyously flamboyant head-wear you could see at the Fringe, one might be forgiven for expecting a high-octane show. In perfect juxtapostion to the energy of her feathered adornment, Abbie’s performance has a great low-key rumbling to it, a conversational style that creates an intimate atmosphere between her and the audience.

Abbie brings an hour of comedy about getting older, the intrusiveness of technology in modern life and about her time working as a performer on a cruise ship. All the time, there is an undercurrent to these stories – a powerful tone of feminism upon which the narrative hangs. Abbie wonderfully flips the conventions that desperately need flipping with hard-line and jet black humour, not afraid to cut through the stereotypes with sharp teeth.

All the while, this is a show about always being who you are and chasing your dreams. Abbie has a tremendous talant for finding the sideways perspective, bringing a different view to some very important themes. Click Here

August 23, 2018  The Mumble
Not only does Abbie Murphy’s solo show have the best title on the Fringe, but it is rapidly gaining the best rep. I mean, the City Cafe’s Las Vegas Room might not be the biggest venue at the Fringe, but the effect of seeing the audience queue snaking into every crevice of the City Cafe basement based on word of mouth is exciting. So in we went, & folk were forced to sit on the floor & lap around the walls, leaving about six square feet of space for Abbie & her massive Aztec showgirl head-dress to strut her stuff. It was so intimate, it felt like we were Slavic peasants sat down around a single oil-lantern for light & warmth & that Abbie was that very candle.

So, the show itself. Abbie is a cheeky Essex girl, whose 32 years sit her sweetly on the cusp between youth & middle-age, which is reflected in the universality of her comedy. We were all laughing, but quite strangely at different times, picked off by her punchline sniper rifle. As Abbie frollicked almost machine-like through her down-to-earth & snappy delivery, it felt like we were one of her girlfriends who she’d met down Ilford to do some shopping one afternoon; & we’d decided to hit a bar for a beer, a giggle & a catch-up.

The central section of her show deals with her time as a showgirl on a cruise liner, a gentle & natural anecdotal ride which surpasses most story-themed comedy shows that come to the Fringe. As for the rest, it was varied in subject, but always funny, even the Jesus material near the end, the seventh time I’d witnessed a comedian touch such material so far in 2018… but Murphy’s was definitely the best. Click Here

August 22, 2018  The Wee Review
Darkly wry look at the bright side of life.

32-year-old Abbie Murphy has reached a point in her life where she’s reconciled herself to who she has become. Sure, she might not have achieved her wildest aspirations as a dancer or showgirl, but she’s worked out there are only four acts necessary to achieve happiness – the very same four laid out in the title of her show. Appropriately, Eat Sleep Shit Shag is an hour of amusing anecdotes undercut with mock bitterness that serve to give her comedy an acerbic aftertaste.

Peppered with stories from her time as a showgirl aboard a cruise liner and as a dancer in Bollywood, Murphy’s stand-up veers from the crass to the commonplace (and often straddles both). With her strong Essex accent and breakneck pace, her delivery is both a boon and a drawback; her high energy levels ensure that the tempo remains upbeat despite the often pessimistic subject matter, but the rapid-fire diction makes it difficult to keep up at times.

The same can be said for her overall demeanour. Her rants are imbued with impeccable comic insight and her prickly dryness is what gives the material punch, but the contempt often spills over into standoffishness, leaving the audience unsure of the ground they stand on. Having said that, Murphy has natural charisma by the bucketload, so despite claiming she’s “not very good at being nice”, she’s never in danger of alienating the room beyond salvation.

For a show that relies heavily on her catalogue of failures (failure to get a mortgage, a marriage, 2.4 children and all the other hallmarks of an apparently successful life), Eat Sleep Shit Shag is surprisingly life-affirming stuff – especially for one that foregrounds the third named activity far more than the others. Regardless of her dubious status as a failure in the aforementioned categories, she’s most definitely a stand-out success as a stand-up comedian. Click Here

August 12, 2018  One4Review
There are a couple of reasons to give in to the persistent demands of the flyer distribution squads. One is not to let all those trees die in vain. The other reason is that the flyer you just reluctantly folded into four might just be your introduction to a wonderful new performer.
Such was the case here. The underground venue soon filled up and people were even turned away. There was a buzz in the room. Handicapped by a dodgy microphone, and even dodgier head gear, Abbie described her formative years in Essex and then brought us up to date with her showbiz career so far; the cruise ship dilemmas of an ex showgirl and we finally find out what the cabaret crew really think of the passengers.
Next, we visit a Bollywood filmset and learn how make-up techniques, and in particular, lip stick application, vary across the globe.
We heard a mixture of stories, pen portraits and one liners. All delivered with in a refreshing and slick style.
We were given a short retrospective about those early girlie holidays in dubious resorts.
How we laughed. Go see! Click Here

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