Comedian Luisa Omielan may not have had many appearances on TV (even this performance is currently limited to BBC Three), but on the live circuit she has most certainly made an impact.
Finally her most famous show, What Would Beyoncé Do?! has been filmed. This was the first show she took to the Edinburgh Fringe, and one of the most successful Fringe debuts there has ever been, with Omielan winning the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Award for “Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid”, an award also won by Trevor Noah of The Daily Show, American musical comedian Bo Burnham, and won last year by a baby (it’s a very odd award ceremony).
Omielan’s show covers not just her love of Beyoncé (it should be mentioned that if you are not a fan of the singer, some references might go over your head), but also subjects of music in general, feminism, relationships, family and depression.
All the evidence has already indicated that it is a good show and indeed it is. There are certain ways that this show stands out from the crowd. For example, very few shows would make references to Margaret Thatcher that are actually positive, with Omielan commenting on how the late PM was a strong, independent woman. Omielan is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects either, such as her younger brother’s suicide attempt or her own past break-ups.
Given how much this show has been talked about in the five years it has been going, it is hard to think of something new to say about. The only thing I can say is that if you’ve yet to see it, go onto the iPlayer and do so.
Luisa Omielan’s What Would Beyoncé Do?! is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.