Nurse Georgie Carroll immediately sets the tone by asking us why we are there on a Sunday night when we could be earning loads of money – a nod to the NHS pay enhancement a Sunday night shift would bring. Then jokes we all probably don’t know what day it is anyway. Yes, the majority of her audience is nurses, probably because most lay people believe doctors have the better stories, but you’d be wrong! Nurses are with their patients for 12 hours straight in a hospital ward, with doctors visiting patients for just a fraction of that time.

Carroll, who has been a nurse for 20 years, and now resides in Australia, reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent this year. This hour-long stand-up set is fewer anecdotes and stories from her nursing career and more jokes about the general experiences of nurses, and the day-to-day aspects of the jobs.

An array of other healthcare professionals are the butt of Carroll’s jokes; midwives get thanked for caring for patients for the first hour of their lives before handing them over to nurses for the next century. She speaks about the attractiveness of physiotherapists, and how although it’s a multi-disciplinary team, the ratio of work to each profession is unequal – speech pathologists just throw a biscuit at you and see if you’ll choke, yet get paid more than nurses. Even Florence Nightingale is thrown in as Carroll jokes about how she didn’t have to document any of the care she provided.

Carroll confidently commands the stage and fills her routine to the brim with great comedy. Her set is polished and well rehearsed, she incorporates audience members into the set at times, which works well. Although it may be specific to nurses, everyone will understand and appreciate the jokes. I am a student nurse, so this show is right up my alley and it did not disappoint. I have never laughed so hard, the tears rolled liberally down my face, it really is an exceptional hour of comedy – I don’t have a single note, just go and see it!

Nurse Georgie Carroll proves that laughter is the best medicine and you cannot miss your dose!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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