Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17)
Monday 7th August 18.40
Most comedians take, as their subject matter, material from everyday life that the audience can easily identify with.
So it is a brave choice to abandon this format and find a distinctive voice. Shappi Khorsandi has chosen the life of
Emma, Lady Hamilton, as the subject of her show. She is quick to explain to her audience that a knowledge of
history is not necessary to enjoy what will follow. She then asks one of the younger members of the audience
which period of history she is currently studying at school and is delighted to get the reply "It's the summer
We learn that Emma was a witty, beautiful and courageous woman who refused to accept her lot in life and
Shappi points out the differences between the choices available to women then and now. There are some hilarious
stories when she draws some comparisons between her life and Emma's but also some very touching moments.
The comedian is visibly moved when reading early letters from Emma to the father of her child and from Horatio
Nelson, reflecting on her position as his mistress, in the event of his early death.
If you want to see someone in complete command of their material, who can captivate an audience by talking about the private lives of Britain's first celebrity couple, then this is the show for you.