Anna Andresen's comedy storytelling needs a bit more oomph at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
A great stable of accents and a thoroughly likeable performer isn’t quite enough to make this hour of comic storytelling stand out from the crowd. Anna Andresen tells us the tale of her brief move from London to New York, but the story as it’s told here isn’t intrinsically funny or at all eventful. So the jokes in the show are built round it, and it fails to build into a cohesive set.
Directed by emerging Scottish theatre-maker Finn den Hertog and Paul Charlton of the Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek fame, it has some strong theatrical elements. Andresen is at her best when embodying the characters of her story, bringing a handful of well-realised comic figures to life effectively. She has a butter-wouldn’t-melt demeanour and she plays with that, making dark jokes about cancer and dropping in a few gratuitous c-bombs to counteract her general sweetness.
But these jokes feel heavily scripted and overdone. It’s a stark contrast to the show’s highlight: paradoxically, a short routine about her father’s death, in which the comedy and story-telling feels absolutely organic. A few more instinctive moments like this would make Danish Face a much more engaging and memorable set.
Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 226 0000, until 24 Aug, 10.20pm, free.