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How to Hate Yourself

comedy · imlaura inc · Ages 15+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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LIBBY MOLYNEAUX certified reviewer June 10, 2015
tagged as: hilarious · touching · honest
Laura House is not just extremely likable and hilarious, she shares her life story in a breezy, forthcoming style that makes this really funny -- and very forthcoming and personal -- show just fly by.... full review
ANDREW HEFFERNAN certified reviewer June 16, 2015
tagged as: poignant · heartbreaking · hilarious
I went to HOW TO HATE YOURSELF already a huge House fan, and emerged an even bigger one (soon there will be a name for us...Housies?): the show covers some very tricky territory--divorce, cancer, death, industry-induced self-loathing--without once falling into self-pity--House's boundless humor and inventiveness make it all go down easy. Loved it. Go! ... full review
BETH LITTLEFORD certified reviewer June 27, 2015
tagged as: Funny heartfelt
Laura House is a rare bird. She commands the stage like the incredibly talented comic that she is, but then she lets the audience in, telling very vulnerable, relatable, meaningful stories - laced with laughs, of course, so it's a great ride. But you come away having felt something, learned something. I was moved. How wonderful and rare to come away from seeing a stand up's show, feeling moved by it. Good stuff!... full review
SHARON HOUSTON certified reviewer June 23, 2015
I read most of the reviews and they're dead on, but what I loved MOST about this show is right when you think, "Oh shit, it's about to get really dark...", Laura brings the COMEDY. This is how you know you saw a great show: You quote it the next day at work. "Hey, do you have an Emmy? No? Hate yourself!" Also, I cried 3 times during the show. It... was... beautiful. Shout out to Laura for living it and shout out to Craig Anton for directing the shit out of this tour de force. ... full review
A GIRARD certified reviewer June 25, 2015
I don't know how she did it, but Laura House managed to make a solo show that both embraces and lampoons the whole solo show thing. It's a beautiful burrito of hilarious, heart-breaking, thought-provoking, and snarky stories and insights that will keep circling in your brain for weeks after you see it. So good. ... full review
JOY GOHRING certified reviewer June 06, 2015
I've seen Laura House perform many times and this show really shows off what a funny, courageous and charismatic performer she is. She takes you from tears to laughter in seconds, which is not easy for many comics to do. Four of us went and we all enjoyed this heartbreakingly funny show! ... full review
TESS RAFFERTY certified reviewer June 06, 2015
This is a unique and funny send up of the Self Help culture as one person learns to actually help herself. Laura is both a talented and engaging performer as well as a gifted writer and this makes for a perfect combination. ... full review
VIRGINIA JONES certified reviewer June 06, 2015
Laura House's "How To Hate Yourself" is by turns touching, deep, and hilarious. She is funny down to her bones and a delight to watch. To be fair, I also got a wicked cool tote bag but it wasn't in exchange for this review. ... full review
GREG MACHLIN certified reviewer June 07, 2015
(Full disclosure: I am an acquaintance of Laura's, but don't know her particularly well.) How to Hate Yourself is a great sendup of the super-pumped up self-help infomercials that's wrapped around a moving, courageous one-woman show. House's stand-up training serves her well in both her writing and acting, and she's clearly committed to being as unsentimental, rigorously honest, and funny, as possible. The one-woman portions of the show touch on a lot of stuff, from her challenge to find her birth mother to alcohol to guys. (As House herself cleverly notes at one point, "and with [THAT topic], you should now be close to getting one-person-show Bingo!" A background slide show is used to great comedic effect. I saw first preview; ther... full review
ANDREW GENSER certified reviewer June 09, 2015
In this fast paced world of technology and astronauts, it's good to see there's still someone out there taking the time to slow down and teach people how to hate themselves. Laura House's performance as Laura House is so striking you'll go home and scream at yourself in the mirror. I don't know what you'll say, because I won't be there - I'll probably be on an astronaut mission - but I bet it will be angry stuff, because you'll know you're not Laura House, which ultimately is the best reason to hate yourself since you failed out of astronaut camp and are now forced to lie about being an astronaut in reviews for Laura House shows. If all that's confusing, the only take away should be that this show is so goddam funny and moving and you ... full review

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