Ashley Storrie: Hysterical (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Ashley Storrie: Hysterical

Steve Ullathorne

Colourful and controversial routines from compelling act

Bantering with the crowd as they stream through the door, Ashley Storrie is quick to build a rapport, getting the laughs flowing before the show even begins. Hysterical is a one-hour set which reflects on depression, autism, dating and Beauty and the Beast, all of which has the audience hanging on Storrie's every word.

The comic isn't afraid to talk about the difficulties she's had in the past, telling the gathering how she spent the ten years before becoming a stand-up doing absolutely nothing. Storrie makes light work of it, though, cracking jokes left, right and centre, peppered throughout with witty side-notes as she gets distracted by some of the intrusive thoughts that make up a significant portion of the set.

A warm and engaging storyteller, Storrie doesn't shy away from controversial topics (or a bit of colourful language), and her frankness is truly refreshing; never more so than when she tells the audience the story behind her decision to become a stand-up. Storrie is celebrating her fifth or sixth year (she can't quite remember) at the Fringe, but with a performance like this, there's no doubt that she'll be a sell-out act for many more years to come.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, until 25 Aug, 5.30pm, donations at the venue.

Ashley Storrie: Hysterical

  • 4 stars

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