There are heroes everywhere we look. Jessica Ransom isn’t just talking about celebrities but the lollipop lady you see every morning, or the fitness instructor who’s getting you into shape. These are her unsung heroes, people who get on with their jobs without expecting any kind of public acknowledgement, and Ransom has decided to create a whole show about them.
Ransom interprets an array of different characters in a number of sketches. She is, on the whole, good at her impressions, but the problem is that her material is just not funny enough. Sketches drag on for too long, while jokes and gags that are slightly amusing to begin with end up being irritating after constant repetition. Ransom’s heart is in the right place but when the routines are disjointed and fail to raise many laughs, the result feels like a missed opportunity without much point.
One distinct positive, though, is her interaction with the audience, as she breaks from character and you see her true self shine. It’s in these moments that you wish Ransom would drop the character gimmick altogether and throw herself into a full hour of stand up, at which she has real potential.
As it is, we’re left with a number of character sketches that are sometimes amusing, but more often lacklustre.
Adrian G. Velazquez