Alice Snedden: Absolute Monster
- Brian Donaldson
- 25 August 2019
A solid hour that could do with stronger structure
After a successful 2018 debut, the New Zealander is back with a rambling show that has flashes of quality. Noting that she's here this year playing the same room at the exact same time (including the homely rug), this is a surefire Fringe indicator that your career is doing fine, but maybe just marching on the spot a little, Alice Snedden kicks straight off with her recollection of a weird sex dream involving Danny De Vito.
She seems mildly upset that there's someone in her audience who has no clue about the Harry Potter universe, but is just about able to carry on to discuss how people's personalities lock in at the age of 30 while moon cups, astrology, bisexuality, cures for insomnia, and the lottery are all aired with no real sense of any linkage. Which is perfectly fine, a Fringe show doesn't need to have an over-arching theme, indeed it's almost a radical move not to even attempt one.
Snedden plays a game of high status throughout with a thread of self-confidence that is fairly rare in comedians (maybe it's partly due to her past life in the legal profession), but ultimately Absolute Monster features the comic setting herself up to be undermined at the finale. A decent second hour but one that leaves you wondering if she can pull a bit more out of her stand-up bag of tricks.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug, 9.45pm, £10 (£9).