U.S. film, television and comedy star Janeane Garofalo was badly prepared for her show on the first night of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Friday, according to The Scotsman newspaper.
Critic Jay Richardson blasted Garofalo for a “train wreck” of a show during which she consulted notes, rambled on, opined about Scottish stereotypes like eating deep fried Mars bars and a fondness for drink and spouted some ill-considered opinions about British politicians.
“Interrogating cricket-apathetic Scots about The Ashes (a series between England and Australia played in England and Wales this year) might have been the nadir, were it not for her laboured Conservative baiting,” Richardson wrote.
However, the paper praised Garofalo for flashes of brilliance when she stuck to a script that she knew better, offering the audience a brief glimpse of the kind of show they had come to see crammed into a breakneck final 15 minutes venting spleen on Laura Bush, talking about her loss of religion, libido, cosmetic surgery and depression.
Reporting by Paul Casciato – Lifestyle Chief Sub-Editor EMEA
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