The Briefing features American expat Melissa McGlensey taking on Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, the notorious former press secretary at the Trump White House. Well, they’re technically all notorious. Remember the Mooch? Priceless.
McGlensey’s (almost) one-woman show is essentially character stand-up, augmented by an improvised question and answer session featuring full audience participation. She’s great as Huckabee-Sanders, ably capturing the style of Trump’s defender-in-chief, oscillating between worshipful acolyte and fierce attack dog.
The preview show was a little patchy in parts, but was thoroughly engaging and delivered some excellent belly laughs. Inevitably, McGlensey will hit her stride even better over the course of the run; she’s clearly talented, quick and witty. Watch out for her deadpan delivery of a joke about the future of birdlife in the US.
The clunkiest parts were when McGlensey had to rely on her assistant/secret service offsider, and it was clear that a few more runs through the material would have helped. However, when in stand and deliver mode, even during the (mostly) improvised question and answer session, she shines through as a truly funny and likeable entertainer.
If you’re interested in US politics and looking for a laugh, this should be in your calendar.
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