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Courtney Pauroso: Vanessa 5000

Wed 30 Aug – Sat 16 Sep 23 60 minutes
Comics Comic
Time Out
Fest Mag
EdFringe Review
British Theatre Guide

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After a sold out run of her debut show Gutterplum in 2019, LA clown Courtney Pauroso returns as sex robot Vanessa 5000, who – over the course of her product demonstration – grows increasingly conflicted about technology, modernity and her own existence.

Artificially intelligent. Genuinely stupid. ChatGPT ain’t got nothing on Vanessa 5000’s sweet synthetic ass.

‘This is late-night Fringe entertainment at its best’
★★★★★ Comics Comic

Courtney Pauroso is an award-winning actor, writer and comedian based in LA. She co-wrote and appeared in Two Pink Doors, a series of 5-minute shorts for FX, directed by Dr Brown, and has several television projects in development with long time collaborator Natalie Palamides, including a series produced by Mark Duplass. She was a series regular on Like & Subscribe, and has also appeared in Jackass Forever, Reno 911, Key & Peele, 2 Broke Girls, Florida Girls, The Opening Act, and Dogleg. She is a former member of the Groundlings Sunday Company and Washington D.C.’s internationally renowned physical theatre company Synetic Theater.

Directed by Corey Podell.

Sold Out Run: Edinburgh Fringe (2019)

Sold Out Run: New York Comedy Festival (2019)

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“Brilliantly bold”
Time Out
“Intensely physical and unexpectedly moving”
Fest Mag
"This show is absurdly sexy and completely bonkers"
EdFringe Review
“Absolutely riotous hour of well-judged comic brilliance”
British Theatre Guide
“Flights of ridiculousness you can’t believe you are seeing”
New York Times
“A live comedy trust fall”
Los Angeles Times