The show is also unusual in being unafraid to use slapstick or physical comedy in its pursuit of a laugh.
There’s a try-hard earnestness about a clown, so desperate to please, every sinew twitching and straining for a laugh.
After all, there is a risk to the British clown shortage.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has smuggled her physical comedy under the critical radar with a cloak of drama, but it’s there.
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