Luisa Omielan returns with her second hit show
- Claire Sawers
- 30 August 2017
Comedian touring the UK this autumn
It's been five years since Luisa Omielan brought her debut show to the Edinburgh Fringe. A singalong sob story turned on its head, wrapped in glitter and covered in hairspray, it asked What Would Beyoncé Do? She wrote it after coming out the other side of an especially tough time in her life, and found herself back living with her mum, comfort eating sandwiches and crying over an ex.
Proving you can't keep a good woman down, the Salford Uni graduate (she got a first in performing arts) bounced back with Am I Right Ladies?!, a fierce but lovable and very real story of body positivity, daddy issues and take-no-shit female role models. It sold out in the West End, Australia, Singapore, America and Canada, and she also brought out her debut book, a memoir called What Would Beyoncé Do? last year too. She'd sent a copy to her dear old mum – her best friend, and also a big part of her stand-up material – to read, and shared her reply on Instagram: 'Luisa darling, I have finished reading your book, I think it's moving, very funny and simply beautiful. But what is "tea bagging?" I am from a different generation.'
Omielan's much-loved mum sadly passed away in July, prompting an outpouring of tweets, letters and gifts from her fans, who've followed the pair online over the years. Omielan's return to Scotland will be with that second hit show, a manifesto on good mental health that sticks the Vs up at thigh gaps and arrogant alpha males. Her 'mumma' would be so very proud.
Òran Mór, Glasgow, Fri 27 Oct; The Stand, Edinburgh, Sun 29 Oct