Who Replaced Avril Lavigne? Joanne McNally Investigates

Publisher:
BBC, CBC

Who Replaced Avril Lavigne? Joanne McNally Investigates

4.6/5

Critic Rating

Avril Lavigne was a punk pop sensation who topped the charts in the early noughties, and she still performs to sold-out crowds today. But what if the Avril we’ve been following all these years is not the same Avril we fell in love with? What if — as a curious theory claims — Avril was replaced by a look-alike at the height of her fame? In ‘Who Replaced Avril Lavigne” comedian Joanne McNally searches far and wide — from Avril’s hometown to the underbelly of the internet — to find out if the rumours are true. Along the way, she immerses herself in a mind-bendin...


Critic Reviews

Score: 4

Gregg Stockdale • The Podcast Geek Jun 9, 2024

"One popular conspiracy theory is the "celebrity replacement". In this (possibly) newest iteration, Joanne McNally searches for Who Replaced Avril Lavigne?"

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Score: 4

Jenny McCartney • The Spectator Mar 16, 2024

"Although the nonsense of the premise soon wears thin, even in jest, what emerges is a kind of wandering satire on what can happen to a brain long steeped in the internet, with disorienting glimpses of the energetic logic that can weave itself around great gaps in common sense. …"

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Score: 4.8

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Mar 16, 2024

"...an airy, almost weightless new podcast...McNally does her darnedest to serve the jollies, charming her way through vox pops...Initially, I found the constant diversions a little trying, but that’s because I thought this was an investigative show. It’s not. It’s a comedy one."

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Score: 5

Lucy White • Irish Independent Mar 16, 2024

"Anyone looking for a ­forensic investigation should cover their ears as McNally’s scattergun ­approach is but a vehicle for her quirky comedy. Just as conspiracy theories fall down rabbit holes, so too does McNally..."

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Score: 5

Stephen O. • Podcast Delivery Mar 11, 2024

"...anything but ordinary...is sure to amuse and fascinate anyone intrigued by pop culture's wilder theories and anyone who grew up in the early oughts."

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Score: 5

Hollie Richardson • The Guardian Mar 7, 2024

"She’s not even a Lavigne fan, which only adds to the hilarity of her Stacey Dooley-like ambitions."

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