You might think you’ve just been picked on in the audience and read to filth by Myra DuBois, but that’s can’t possibly be true, as Myra is a self-described empath and expert in wellness. In this new show Myra DuBois: Be Well, Myra attempts to improve the audience’s mental health with her expertise, with hilarious consequences.
Myra tells us of her time spent in a ‘Wellness Detention Centre’, and of her newly-found expertise in mindfulness. In true Myra fashion, one of her techniques is for the audience to reveal one of their problems, which she resolves by shouting ‘get over it!’ at them. Myra also treats us to some very funny songs, with some mandatory audience participation.
The ‘wellness’ concept of the show is a very whispy premise which Myra uses to hang jokes on, but who cares? The real joy of Myra DuBois: Be Well is the acerbic quick-wittedness of Myra. Whatever the audience throws at her she immediately has a comeback which is more hilarious than any of the prepared material. Be prepared if you’re in the front row, you might be picked on for anything. I was picked on for resting my hand on my head which according to her made me look like I was admiring her like a work of art, which set up a joke about Jackson Pollock I probably shouldn’t repeat!
What’s impressive about Myra DuBois is her ability to joke about seemingly anything whilst crossing a line. She made jokes about audience member’s disabilities, a dead parent, pronouns, and the emotional support dog of one of the audience members, but without going too far. It’s the comedy equivalent of dodging a roomful of laser beams.
If you’re looking for a permanent solution to all of your life problems, then I’m afraid Myra may not be the best person to talk to, but if you’re looking for some clever, camp, silly fun, then Myra DuBois: Be Well is the show for you.