Review: Mary O’Connell’s Money Princess at Leicester Comedy Festival

Mary O'Connell

Review by Safiyyah Choudry

Mary is conflicted: she despises capitalism, yet she loves to shop. Her work-in-progress show is a comedic perspective on millennial life, popular culture, and the constant struggle to be a moral individual in a society that applauds egotism and avarice. 

The show takes place in a dimly lit basement trickled with fairy lights that create a sombre atmosphere for the dark yet humorous comedy that’s about to come. From the moment she steps on stage, she has the audience in the palm of her hand, conveying jokes with ease and delivery that’s both relaxed and poised.

Mary O’Connell’s jokes burn like a slap in the face with a wet fish

Her performance is unapologetic and boasts confidence; it’s as if she’s talking to friends in a bar. Her hilariously hypocritical commentary on drug-taking, tattoos and the sinister truth behind arm warmers demonstrates her ability to make even the darkest moments bright. 

The London-born comedian’s stories of struggling to keep up with the class divide are startlingly witty and brutally honest. She speaks candidly about her own money anxieties, and it becomes evident she has a real passion for the topic. Her jokes burn like a slap in the face with a wet fish – it may sting for a moment, but it’ll leave you with a smile. 

By drawing on her own experiences of living as a millennial in the city, her journey into adulthood and being a ‘girl boss’ as she calls it, she is able to strengthen her performance and connect with the audience. Through this, she builds a common ground making her jokes more relatable. Whether she’s talking about the struggles of renting in the city or the joys of finding a good bargain, Mary’s observations are always on-point. 

Her style of comedy is like a roller coaster ride: unpredictable yet thrilling. Her words soar and dip, take sharp turns, and speed through topics so quickly that sometimes it’s difficult to tell when she’s serious or joking. However, this works to her advantage as it keeps the audience engaged and on their toes. 

O’Connell’s casual delivery of effortlessly funny jokes is akin to a masterful orchestra playing a beautifully composed symphony – a performance that is not to be missed. 

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