Jennifer Blaine is a familiar Philly Fringe performer, traditionally in one-woman, multi-character shows a la Lily Tomlin and Tracey Ullman. Her 2018 Fringe offering RIDICULOUS, by contrast, is standup comedy of a personal, political and feminist nature that is graced by Blaine’s engaging performance, but hindered by its ridiculously long one-and-three-quarter-hour runtime. To say that Blaine doesn’t have enough good material to do that long a show is neither surprising nor a knock: It’s why Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock almost never perform for more than an hour.
Blaine tries to fill the time/break up the waves of one-liners with audience-participation games. In the most successful of them, she and a fellow mom discovered the stalkers lurking in the lyrics to popular love songs (Lionel Ritchie’s “Hello,” Blondie’s “One Way or Another” etc.). But she saves her best bit — a story of sexual awakening involving her childhood Siamese — until almost the very end.
You’ll never look at a Q-tip the same way again.
[L'Etage, 624 S. Sixth St.] September 14-23, 2018; fringearts.com/event/ridiculous-3/, jenniferblaine.com