Alice Snedden: Self-Titled (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Alice Snedden: Self-Titled

An enjoyable collection of childhood stories and honest self-analysis

Alice Snedden is a relaxed and hilarious comic that everyone can relate to. Her hour of stand-up is a masterpiece in understated, yet highly entertaining chit-chat. The underlying premise of her overconfidence works wonderfully well as she builds up an amicable, jovial relationship with the audience based on honesty and self-analysis.

Covering her Kiwi upbringing, 'liberal militant' mother, views on the New Zealand prime minister, happily married parents (who ruined her childhood due to their lack of divorce), and obsession with entering and 'nailing' talent competitions at school, this is an enjoyable stream of childhood tales. There are hints and discussions around her (god forbid) 'period', and her views as a feminist, but she walks the line carefully, ensuring she doesn't set herself up as possibly being labelled an overtly 'feminist' comedian.

In moments, she definitely draws out her anecdotes for slightly too long, and the opening material around her Uber rating is, surprisingly, some of her weakest. However, this is all easily forgiven as she ties lots of her early references together, with subtly manipulated call-backs which feel the antithesis of clunky. A great, natural show with a totally fantastic climax: think Michael Jackson and circus skills.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 9.45pm, £7–£9 (£6.50–£8).

Alice Snedden: Self-Titled

  • 4 stars

Berk's Nest After performing to sold-out crowds at the New Zealand Comedy Festival, Alice Snedden is bringing her debut show, Self-Titled, to Edinburgh. Watch as she tells jokes and you laugh. Smile as she tells stories and you relate. Pay money for tickets as you help her get rich. It won't all be about her, some of it…