To Catch a D*ck – London Hughes
An Edinburgh Fringe Festival show review
Quality of performance:
I would sum up London Hughes’ comedy show ‘To Catch a D*ck’ as ‘hilarious, empowering but definitely not one to watch next to your parents’. I made that mistake. My mum wouldn’t look me in the eye for the rest of the day. However, this sacrifice was definitely worth it and we really should have inferred from the title.
London Hughes is unbelievably charismatic and radiates energy as she retells the craziest sex and dating stories. A bit of white supremacist patriarchy died in that room, as Hughes captivated the audience. From men with foot-fetishes to presenting a porn channel, her stories will leave you crying with laughter.
Hughes effortlessly controls a space. She did not shy away from audience interaction, focusing her attention on the most awkward looking white men. Watching them squirm nervously was particularly refreshing and definitely added to my enjoyment of the show.
As feminist icons go, London Hughes is a goddess. She vibrantly reclaims women’s sexuality. This is particularly important for black women who are so often objectified and overly sexualised to a greater extent than white women. By talking about her own experiences so openly and positively the usual silence was smashed into pieces, let alone broken.
The only bad word I could possibly say about ‘To Catch A D*ck’ would be that London Hughes, by focusing primarily on sex and dating stories, did not do all sides of herself justice. She is the winner of the ‘Funny Women Awards’, has written for Radio 4, has launched her own Youtube comedy series and has many more extraordinary accomplishments. She definitely has a lot more to say. But after thinking about this I decided it doesn’t matter that this one hour show was focused on this, particularly hilarious aspect of her life. The sex positivity within it was extremely powerful. By openly and honestly discussing women’s pleasure, Hughes created a dialogue in which it is acceptable for women to want sex, talk about sex and to be presented as active and enthusiastic within these conversations.
To Catch A D*ck is a must see at the Fringe. It is selling out fast!! If it is sold out I recommend looking into London Hughes in general. She is iconic.