Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Edinburgh Fringe review: Lauren Pattison, It Is What It Is

© Matt CrockettLauren Pattison
Lauren Pattison

Things haven’t gone fully to plan for Lauren Pattison since her last Fringe appearance, both personally and professionally.

Her new show, It Is What It Is, reflects on goings on over that time and how she began 2020 hoping to get engaged and tour the UK.

Unfortunately, there was a break-up and, well, we all know what happened to comedy shows that year – touring stretched as far as the living room for a Zoom call.

This well-written hour flies by as Pattison looks at the positives and how she’s managed to make the most of being dealt a pretty bad hand.

She tells of her retreat to her hometown of Newcastle during lockdown and getting a job at the local supermarket, hoping that one day she’d return to a promising comedy career that was starting to flourish.

From the freezer to the Fringe: Comedian Lauren Pattison on getting back to the day job

A compelling and likeable storyteller, you immediately find yourself rooting for her – although the fact you’re sitting watching her at the Fringe and not still in the freezer aisle at Morrisons is a bit of a spoiler, at least for how the career part pans out.

This is a perfectly timed show to kick-start a day at the Fringe, often feeling like a catch-up with a colleague during the lunch hour, with plenty in which you can relate to.

Plus, this is a show in which you can be safe in the front row as Pattison admits early on that she simply will not be interacting or making eye contact with anyone near the front.

★★★★


Lauren Pattison: It Is What It Is, Monkey Barrel,  until Aug 28 (excl 16) https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/lauren-pattison-it-is-what-it-is