Emmy Blotnick: Party Nights
- Deborah Chu
- 7 August 2019
An entirely amiable outing from the former Late Show writer
In her Fringe debut, American comedian Emmy Blotnick discusses the many methods through which she's attempted to improve her life and mental health. These range from seeking out the right vitamin to cure her depression, to reading self-help books written by angry CrossFit instructors. Nothing has quite worked thus far, but her experiences have at least resulted in this supremely self-deprecating, yet still warm and cheerful show, with perhaps the greatest complaint email to Dyson's customer service team ever written.
Though she bemoans her general lack of vim several times, Blotnick keeps the room alight with her affable presence, and with surely some of the friendliest audience interaction at the Fringe. A former staff writer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Blotnick's light, observational style is reminiscent of the late-night monologue format, breezing from subject to subject without much of a thematic thread tying the hour together. As such, nothing much of substance is explored in depth, though Blotnick clearly demonstrates the insight and wit for such a task. This might be something she chooses to develop in her next offering, but Blotnick's debut is still like spending a pleasant hour with a good friend who makes you laugh without fail.
Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug (not 13), 7.55pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50).