2015 Edinburgh Fringe

Elf Lyons: Being Barbarella

  • Comedy (stand-up / storytelling)
  • 7:50pm (55 mins)
  • 8-23 & 25-30 Aug 2015
  • The Voodoo Rooms
  • Free
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Meet the most dyspraxic five-star astronavigatrix and enthusiastic sexy comedian of the future. Inspired by the film Barbarella, join Elf, the Feminist Times' One to Watch, on her fast-paced exploration through the world of sexuality - from dressage horses, sci-fi superheroes and the secret life of sharks. 'Elf demonstrates what it means to be the voice of a generation... Engaging, spritely, totally endearing, and wonderfully funny' ***** (DirtAndCandy.com, Adelaide Fringe, Australia 2015). 'Being Barbarella is one of the strongest stand-up shows I've seen' **** (TheNewCurrent.co.uk, Vault Festival, London 2015).

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Jaw droppers of the Edinburgh Fringe

"You should consider Lewis Schaffer for the increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee Award for comic originality," Lewis Schaffer told me yesterday. "I'm so original people are starting to imitate me."

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 15th August 2015

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That time of year is upon us once more; thousands of performers, reviewers and audience members are preparing to visit the holy grail of comedy that is the Edinburgh Festival.

Becca Moody, Moody Comedy, 7th August 2015

Elf Lyons answers 10 Edinburgh Fringe Questions

Elf Lyons talks about nudity, why she doesn't want to meet Eeyore, and her perfect comedian line-up.

British Comedy Guide, 28th July 2015

Edinburgh preview: Balham Free Fringe Festival finale

The three-day freebie binge in Balham comes to an end today with another triple-barrelled bill of comedy.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 26th July 2015

Edinburgh preview: The Balham Free Fringe Festival

You want Edinburgh previews? What's that? You don't want to pay for them? Then can I humbly suggest that you a) stop being such a tightarse and b) head to Balham's Bedford pub this weekend for the final two days of the Balham Free Fringe Festival.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 25th July 2015

Funny women talk about claims that women aren't funny

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Corinne Redfern, Marie Claire, 8th July 2015

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Inspired by the film Barbarella and its cult heroine, Elf Lyons invites you to join her on a sexual odyssey through sci-fi superheroes to sassy sharks in this joyful celebration of erotica and all things niche.
Elf Lyons wants to be sexy and has found her idol in 60s siren Barbarella. Combining sexual empowerment with superhero nerdiness, Elf takes her audience on a journey through 60s sexual liberation to present day digitisation of intimacy. Along the way, experience erotic fan fiction about the leaders of the British main political parties, an awkward attempt at the famous striptease from the film Barbarella and the immoral act of body-shaming sharks. Storytelling, performance art and comedy is combined in a show that takes a funny and uplifting attitude to celebrating sex and empowered women everywhere.

Elf Lyons

Elf Lyons is a stand-up comedian, performance artist and theatre director and writer. Elf aims to create stand-up comedy that pushes the barriers of the relationship between comedian and audience to create intimate, immersive and surreal theatrical encounters. In July 2013 Elf debuted her 40 minute show Elf Lyons is a Pervert as part of the Camden Fringe at the Etcetera Theatre and in September, she was awarded runner-up in the Funny Women Final at Leicester Square Theatre.

In August 2014, Elf premiered her hour-long solo show Underground Success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the PBH Free Fringe. The show was showcased for one final time at Leicester Square Theatre on the 17th & 18th October. Earlier this year Being Barbarella was selected by IdeasTap to be performed at the VAULT Festival. Elf then took the show to the Adelaide Fringe, where it received rave reviews and the run had to be extended to meet demand.

Elf organises The Secret Comedians Comedy Night at Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch. She also writes about fashion for the blog Pippa Says and comics for Big Comic Page.


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