By Luke Dodge
A loose collection of jokes and stories we are lead to believe are somewhat based on Brenda’s Brumbaugh’s life and told through the sassy and vaguely southern Lady SINcerely persona. I was a bit worried when the show opened with a Trump joke, but it quickly became apparent Brenda would not be performing a set derivative of late night television.
Full of puns, physical humor, and sexual outbursts, Brenda focuses on the experiences an aging woman faces, particularly the failings of her own body and mind. Dressed almost in pajamas and with a magenta loofa pinned in her hair, Brenda has a certain stage presence about her.
Some stories feel half-baked and not fully formed, but when she pulls out a pun laugh line she knocks it out of the park with her clever word play. A couple of small dance numbers to music along with the first verse of incomplete songs change the pace of the show and give us a break between stories. Regularly irreverent, the sexual moments are meant purely for the shock factor so brace yourself.
Some jokes hit, but others met with awkward silence. While obviously practiced and polished, the show does not have a cohesive flow and jumps around topically with abruptness. Without a throughline the humor falls flat at time as the audience catches up to what is happening. Perhaps done intentionally, but I found it disorienting at times.
I won't spoil it for you but the "cooking lessons" stole the show; some audience members even took selfies with her afterwards. Brenda’s personality and stage presence turn what could have been a tedious show into a pleasant hour. In a world where stand-up comedy is dominated by young men, it’s great to see an older woman come out and put on a show such as this one.