Snjólaug Lúdvíksdóttir: Let It Snow
- Lauren McKay
- 22 August 2019
This article is from 2019
A show with standalone gags that is just too loose
Snjólaug Lúdvíksdóttir doesn't do crowd work. 'I'm a proper Icelandic person,' she tells us. 'I don't really enjoy other people.' That statement sets the tone for the remainder off her performance, during which she repeatedly tells the audience about how grumpy she is, even if none of that is her fault. The show's title is a play on her first name, which means 'pool of snow' in Icelandic. That name set her up for failure, as it provided much fodder for the other kids in her small village to bully her with.
What follows is a series of seriously dark jokes, about sex, pubic-hair styles, The Little Mermaid, Danish sperm banks and astrology. If that sounds like a mixed bag, then you'd be right, with Lúdvíksdóttir admitting herself that she's not very good at segues. The jokes all work alone, and she's a talented, confident performer, but they don't flow together particularly well. The show doesn't run to the full hour as advertised, and Lúdvíksdóttir would do well to think about bridging the gaps between segments and making the most of her considerable stage presence while she has a captive audience.
Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market, until 25 Aug, 8.30pm, £6 in advance or donations at the venue.