Cara Connors: “Straight for Pay” at Edinburgh Fringe 2023

**** 1/2 (out of 5)

“I’ve always been a late bloomer,” Cara Connors says in her Edinburgh Fringe debut. That’s the only logical reason why I hadn’t seen or heard Connors before now. Part Sandra Bernhard, part Kristen Wiig, part intangible undeniable charm, this LA-based comedian by way of Toronto has an energy she may describe as the first mom on the dance floor at the wedding reception. It’s go go go. This solo hour finds her recounting and explaining her slow journey from straight married to queer millennial.

Connors jokes she runs her set in therapy sessions, but she should be holding court in a late-night residency somewhere. But where? If she were in NYC, she’d have so many cabaret options to choose from, all the way up to and including Joe’s Pub. Where she’s based in Los Angeles, would The Comedy Store make room for her at The Belly Room? Or The Improv on Melrose up in The Lab? For now, she’s got (or had) a weekly show at The Glendale Room. But she’s a blast and a half that deserves to rocket into stardom.

Cara Connors: Straight for Pay runs through Aug. 27 at Pleasance Courtyard Bunker One

Sean L. McCarthy

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