Reviewed by Bruce McKay
Robby Hoffman, a stand-up comic now living in Verdun, sure comes off as adorable, cute and nutty. And just to make sure that there is no question about that, Robby has included video clips in her performance of friends and acquaintances telling us that, indeed, she is all of these. We even have Robby’s boss mentioning that Robby’s a good salesperson. Well, I’m sold: I really like Robbie Hoffman, too! Yet this is largely where Robby’s comedy fails. Robby has pitched herself so well as an adorable person that her short rants on different themes come across as just petty or dumb. Robby, really: taking back all of the money you’ve given to a homeless person over the years (see how great she is!!) because you’ve come to realize that they’re always gonna be homeless?
And I think there’s some potential here. Robby is fast-talking and articulate. A couple of themes would likely have worked well had she taken the time to develop them. But I left Robby’s performance thinking, Robby, you just may have to get over yourself a bit.