Review: Rambunctious Scallywag

A stand up comedian determined to find the silly in hard times!  

Review: Rambunctious Scallywag

Rambunctious scallywag is a stand-up comedy show by Farrah Alice Black where she talks about the best and worst parts of her life so far, from helping Lorraine Kelly with her Covid test to being homeless for a month. She also rejected an offer to study at Cambridge University, was president of a students union, ran a drag society, and sold hot dogs at IKEA with a very questionable man. Some of the stories Farrah told and some of the people she has met throughout her twenties are outrageous, funny, and some were downright ridiculous (and I mean that as the highest of compliments). It seems like she just has so many strange things happen to her and constantly finds herself in these sorts of situations.

My favourite part of the entire show is when Farrah explained some of the creative Halloween costumes she has made throughout recent years. I don’t want to spoil the content of the show too much so you will have to see Farrah perform for yourself if you want to know what some of them were. I will say in this moment – Farrah was completely unhinged in the best way. There were a few pop culture references that I did not fully understand but it was clear that the rest of the audience did and they thought it was great.

 I believe Farrah did say that this is one of the first times she has done her own stand-up show in this kind of capacity, and at the start, she seem a bit nervous. The best parts of her performance took place towards the middle and end of the show. I think as her confidence grows and she gets more experience, she will be phenomenal! It is so hard to keep an audience's attention, and to keep them laughing at comedy shows, and she does this well. Everything in the show flowed nicely and the audience were laughing, and sometimes cackling! Farah has such a likeable personality and was so charismatic and joyous!

Overall, I loved this show and would definitely see any of Farrah’s future shows or performances. She seems so authentic, funny and - well, as the shows name suggests - rambunctious. Amongst the chaos of her life, she also talks about some of the difficult parts of life and makes a point towards the end of the performance on how crying and laughing are both so important. We constantly hear people say ‘If I don’t laugh about it, I’d cry’. Farrah says that we need to do both. We need to have that cry and then we need to laugh about it and she says that this show is her way of doing exactly that. 


Amy-Louise Tilley

Amy-Louise Tilley Local Reporter

Just a 25 year old from Brighton, reviewing shows at Brighton Fringe

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