Everyone loves to laugh. Luckily its the NZ Comedy Festival so there are laughs a plenty to be had. And if you are only going to see one show, you absolutely must see Alice Brine's 'Brine Storm' at Bats.
Clever, honest, witty and down-right hilarious, Alice Brine is comedy the way it should be, full of bitter sweet takes on everyday life that will leave your cheeks hurting. She is a comedian for the people, speaking honestly about her experience with everything from ADHD to awkward sexual encounters. 'Brine Storm' is a stand up comedy show that delivers over and above expectations and will light up your night.
Alice's strength is her unapologetic nature and unbridled energy. Immediately the jokes on Alice as she admits on opening night that most of the audience are here because she invited them with the bribe of free seats. She plays off her height (it is short). She talks about her experience growing up with ADHD and have to take Ritalin (madness!). From there, we are in Alice's hands as she plays off on the natural energy she throws at the crowd with her over-exuberant nature - and we in turn throw back at her by laughing until crying.
Alice has a easy rapport with her comedy. She does not need to reach far for her comic material which heavily draws on her every day life as a twenty something female. She speaks easily to the audience. Stories never feel forced. Commanding the stage, Alice strides across the stage with command. Alice's mind is a chaotic place to be and we had better hold on for the ride. In one story she goes into detail about flatmate life and all of it's horrors. Alice at times seems like she is pulling out ideas at random but it suits the structure of the show. She makes it come together along the way.
"After all, there is nothing like someone a bit crazier than you to make you feel a little bit saner".
Alice's stream of consciousness is endearing. We are so engrossed in the stories she weaves we forget we are being taken on a stand up comedy journey until the punchline pulls it all together. It is like hanging out with your most funny friend from high school all over again.
'Brine Storm' is a play that will appeal to everyone. It should be your pick of the Wellington Comedy season. After all, there is nothing like someone a bit crazier than you to make you feel a little bit saner.
Alice Brine's Brinestorm, Bats Theatre, April 26 till 30 at 9pm. Tickets $14-$18 from bats.co.nz. Book here.
You can read The Residents interview with Alice here and her description of her typical Wellington day here.
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