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Adrienne Truscott, one-half of the infamous Wau Wau Sisters, dressed only from the waist up and ankles down, undoes the rules and rhetoric about rape and comedy and the space in between.
The Edinburgh season of Asking For It left critics and audiences alike reeling. With commentary from George Carlin, Louis C. K. and Robert De Niro, she takes on ducks, pussy-puppets, mini-skirts, rape whistles, Daniel Tosh, Rick Ross and enough gin and tonics and bad behavior to get a girl in trouble. The show has also been presented by Just For Laughs in Montreal, The Sydney Festival and Perth Fringe World Festival in Montreal as well as the Melbourne International Comedy Fest.
Heavy at its core, this piece is light on its feet and easy on the eye and Adrienne plans to make jokes about rape, all night long, even if you tell her to stop.
If her behaviour suggests that she’s ‘asking for it’ then common folly dictates that we already know the ‘finale’ to this show. Confronting the audience with this possible arc, she mixes stand-up, video, nudity and some whimsical dance while undoing and doing in the rules and rhetoric about rape, comedy and the brilliant, awful (or awkward) laughs when the two collide.
Adrienne Truscott is a choreographer, circus acrobat, dancer, writer and as of late, comedian. She has been making genre-straddling work in New York City and abroad for over 15 years and has performed at the Brisbane Festival, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Melbourne Comedy, Brighton and Perth Fringe Festivals,as well as the Sydney Opera House, and many other iconic venues. She has worked with cult cabaret legends Kiki and Herb, Meow Meow, and John Cameron Mitchell (Shortbus).
In the Wau Wau Sisters, she has thrilled Australian audiences at Le Clique and La Soiree and their own genre-defining evening-length shows for the past few years. Asking For It is an extraordinary next step.
Truscott's second solo show A One-Trick Pony has been also embraced with equal fervor as Asking for It, for her boundary-pushing style and Andy Kaufman-like sense of humor.
Here's a video that gives you a sneak peek at the show: