Review: Claire Healy’s Impure Thoughts
If you’ve ever worked retail or customer service, you’ll be familiar with the feeling of wanting to punch some people square in the face. Maybe you value cheese more than some of your relatives? Claire Healy presents Impure Thoughts, a judgement free place to share some of these, well, impure thoughts that we all, surely, have. Nothing is off limits.
They don’t have to be lustful, but a few of them are; a highlight for me was her piece regarding how piano was – in more repressed times – used to convey desire, in which Healy’s incredibly expressive face was used to maximum comedic effect while playing Beethoven. And that really must be stressed, for the song itself was in no way funny, but her expressions, especially with her eyes, made it utterly hilarious. It’s also hard to imagine that a little over a century ago women were discouraged from riding their bicycles by the invention of the infliction “Bicycle Face” (this is real, look it up!).
Claire is done with being lady-like, and by the end of the show you too will be pledging to be the best kind of nasty. It’s unrepressed, unrefined, and utterly hilarious.
Impure Thoughts is on at 8pm at Tasma Terrace as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. For dates, tickets and accessibility information, check the comedy festival website.