This adorable tomboy comic didn’t win awards for her work on Laid, Rove, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, or Have You Been Paying Attention?, but for her charming stand-up stories. After the long-distance-romance hit Delayed in 2012, she finally returns with Let Me Know How It All Works Out.
While her very first solo show was about being cheated on, she says 2014’s is the most personal yet. This time it’s dicey because “I’m embarrassed. It’s not a ‘cool’ thing to be talking about”.
What is it? Pacquola says she sought assistance from a psychic to alleviate her enduring angst about the future.
“There’s a lot of pressure on everyone to live a wonderful life,” she says, cryptically.
It sounds too existential for this usually amiable goof – exploring the schism between rationality and spirituality (of a kind). “The realist in me says ‘Do you genuinely believe in fate; that you’re being taken care of?’” she asks, “Because that is not smart.”
These big questions are up to the 13th draft in an effort to keep the show grounded.
Despite having an upbeat onstage presence, she admits to being “an extremely anxious person”. That means there will be some slightly more edgy material, but Pacquola reasserts that “silliness is my favourite.”
So never fear, fans. Pacquola insists the show isn’t a complete departure. Her pithy observations, zippy quips, and her all-elbows physical comedy will remain. She snickers, “There’s a bit in there that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever written.”
Also, after battling sometimes-barbaric crowds around the world, she’ll be in her element at MICF. “Melbourne is my audience,” she beams, “I like that they have an understanding of comedy, they’re open to storytelling.”
Yes, we see good things in her immediate future.