Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It


Adrienne Truscott, one half of the infamous Wau Wau Sisters, dressed only from the waist up and the ankles down, undresses and dresses down the rules and rhetoric about rape, comedy and the awkward laughs in between. With commentary from George Carlin, Louis C. K. and Robert DeNiro, ducks, whistles, and enough gin and tonics to get a girl in trouble, she lets her pussy do the talking. Set to pop music. Can you make jokes about rape? She plans to, all night long.


“Truscott is always a step ahead… with firecracker wit, sophistication and luminous humanity.”
★★★★★ Guardian (UK)

“A brilliantly bold and thoroughly engaging provocation.”
★★★★ The Times (UK)

“Brutal, brilliant and brave…if you miss it you will miss the moment in the history of stand-up comedy wherein a woman actually took the genre and did something with it that no man could do… This is without doubt the most powerful hour of comedy.”
★★★★ The Scotsman (UK)

“Pantless and breathless, Truscott bares her body and soul in an event that straddles the gap between performance art and comedy show. Every studied line or scenario that comes out of her mouth can be reconsidered, reinterpreted and thought about for hours. Truscott is confrontational, needling and hard-hitting, while remaining stiletto-sharp and biting.”|
★★★★ The List (Edinburgh)

Winner – Malcolm Hardee Award 2013

Winner – Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2013

Nominee – Total Theatre Award 2013




Artist BIO

For more than 15 years, Adrienne Truscott—choreographer, circus acrobat, dancer, writer, and as of late, comedian—has been making genre-straddling work in New York City and abroad. In April she was one of 20 artists selected nationally as recipients for the inaugural 2014 Doris Duke Impact Artist Award.  Her evening-length solo comedic work and group choreographic works have been presented variously at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs, Darwin Festival, PS122, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, Dublin Fringe, Danspace, and Dance Theater Workshop among others.

The Wau Wau Sisters, her neo-vaudevillian collaboration with Tanya Gagne, have been presented by such iconic venues as the Sydney Opera House (Aus), Joe’s Pub and CBGB’s (NYC), Victoria Arts Center (Melbourne) and The Roundhouse (London). The Wau Wausisters are fixtures at among others, the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Brighton, Adelaide, Perth and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals and are seen regularly in the international sensations La Soiree and La Clique. Their contemporaries broadly recognize the influence of their radical and ludicrous take on circus and cabaret.

Truscott has taught at Wesleyan University Dance Department as a visiting artist, and guest taught at Sarah Lawrence College’s Theater and Dance Departments and Yale Universtiy.



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