Review: Bella Green is Charging For It

Frank and enlightening standup on sex work

comedy review (adelaide) | Read in About 1 minute
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Bella Green
Published 23 Feb 2020

From her experiences as a fledgling stripper in a peep show, to her time as a dungeon dominatrix, to her forays into gentrifying outer suburban brothels, Bella Green has seen – and done – it all. 

In an hour of cheeky and startlingly educational standup, she dives into the everyday life of a sex worker, revealing the answers to questions you may not realise you have.

She is endearing, if slightly stilted in her delivery, with a glint in her eye and a swagger in her stance. Some punchlines build more organically than others, but considering she has only been performing standup for two years, Green shows an astute eye for some of the common absurdities and everyday weirdness of her profession.

From stories of unexpected client text exchanges to her scatological adventures, she brings a frank and lighthearted candidness to what can be a taboo subject for many. But it’s an important topic of conversation, as she makes clear in her closing remarks. Sex workers and their clients continue to face discrimination and prosecution, but it is work as valid as any other. And that’s exactly what Green’s comedy demonstrates.