Review: 101 Texts Not to Send to Jarrod – Sophia Stanley
Sophia Stanley’s debut solo show had the audience consistently guffawing, and wanting more at the end of the 40 minutes. Branching out from the team improv she usually does with ‘Professionals Only’, 101 Texts Not to Send to Jarrod is wrong, raunchy, and surprisingly relatable!
Playing into the “crazy ex-girlfriend” stereotype, Stanley recounts her fleeting relationship with Jarrod, and the longer term one-sided texting relationship they’ve had since. Whether you’ve sent a text only to regret it and wait anxiously on a reply, or whether you’ve always just dreamed of sending texts that’d drive your ex wild (not in a good way), there will definitely be something in this show for you!
Whilst playing the “crazy ex” card can sometimes make the audience want to back away slowly, Stanley was so relatable that she won the audience over quickly. The wit of the texts somehow made what could just be ‘harassing that ex that ghosted you’, into a socially acceptable narrative that could be enjoyed by ghosters and ghostees alike.
Stanley’s show takes unexpected twists and turns, but every single time hits a hilarious punchline that will have you ugly laughing. Exploring the perils of modern dating in the time since Jarrod, Stanley doesn’t shy away from the crude joke. What makes it so funny though is the blasé delivery, always with a twist. It’s never just a boring old regrettable text to an ex, or a boring BJ. Stanley’s show is all about unashamedly living the moment, whatever that may entail.
Stanley has a light-hearted and playful approach to her show. She uses accents, props, and inspiration from her dreams that sound like they should be too silly for a show, but she somehow pulls it off. It was magical to witness her pull of material that at times was so silly it was surprising that it made such genuinely hilarious and witty comedy. While her earnest delivery and self-depreciating openers definitely helped her skits land with the audience, Stanley just has the knack – she’s hilarious with rhythmic consistency.
101 Texts Not to Send to Jarrod is on at Loop Bar on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 18th, 19th & 20th of April as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. For tickets, show times and accessibility information head to the MICF website.