Rising Australian comedian and successful foot model (sells photos of her toes to foot perverts for cash), Brodi Snook was once told by a first date that she was a handful. May he rest in peace. This is a hotly anticipated Edinburgh debut from a distinct new voice in comedy, a show woven together with low-energy charm, laser-sharp writing and wall-to-wall gall. Handful is on at the Gilded Balloon throughout the month of August and Brodi spoke with The Fountain about the show as well as her plans for August.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh fringe this year, how excited are you?
Edinburgh 2019 is my Fringe debut and I am all levels of excited and nervous! I have been to the festival a few times before as a punter but it will be amazing to be on the other side of it all this year. Plus Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities and I can’t wait to return having not packed enough layers and pretend to be surprised about the weather.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what’s the premise?
It’s a solo stand-up comedy show called Handful, inspired by the time that I went on a first date and I was called a ‘handful’ within the first five minutes. May he rest in peace. Of course, this story is in my show, but I also explore the concept of what it is really meant to mean and its societal connotations for women. The show covers reconciling with one’s roots, dealing with the dregs of the dating barrel and the healing powers of off-licence bacon. It is hilarious and charming and powerful and YOU should be there. I will be.
TF: What drove the project, where do your influences lie?
The origin story of the show is something that fascinated me and I did a lot of research about the concept of being a ‘handful’ and spoke to a lot of other women about their experiences with this particular word from childhood to relationships to work and beyond. I think it is an interesting and curious and sometimes infuriating concept and my show certainly thoroughly explores how it has pertained to my own life.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
This will be my fourth time at the fringe, I have attended before as a general comedy-nerd and also as part the of So You Think You’re Funny semi finals in my first year of doing stand-up. I hope to see as many shows as possible, Olga Koch’s If/Then, Rosie Jones Backward and my fellow hilarious Aussie Rhys Nicholson returns with his show Nice People Nice Things Nice Situations. My buddies Kelly Convey and Helen Bauer and also debuting this year and I can’t wait to see their shows!
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
I plan to nap a lot.
You can see Brodi Snook: Handful at Gilded Balloon – Wee Room from 31st July– 26th August at 8:15pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com