Former Best Newcomer nominee in the Scottish Comedy Awards and runner-up in the 2017 Funny Women Award, which champions women in comedy, Susan Riddell is performing her debut Edinburgh Fringe show Duvet Day.
I went on a quiet Thursday evening when Susan commanded the stage and had everyone at ease and laughing along with her from the get go. Her witty take on life and the perils of dating and relationships including those you end up stuck in a rut with are things most can identify with.
This includes a seemingly never-ending list of pals getting married, becoming Bridezillas and the obnoxiousness of wedding lists where instead of presents you are asked to donate money to the happy couple.
Shopping in Marks and Spencer and explaining the greatness of their dine in for two meal deal to an audience member in from Australia where their response is “wow” to the items on offer for a tenner is delivered with gusto and will surely find M and S with more customers.
Susan is at ease telling jokes and you can imagine yourself a friend in her company as she performs on stage. She’s very witty and with keen observational comedy skills to make fun of the mundanity of life – the title Duvet Day coming from her love of lounging in pyjamas on the sofa. Something we can all benefit from now and then in having some down time to recharge the batteries in a modern world.
This first solo show at the Fringe highlights her comedy writing skills. She has also written for and appeared in the BBC show Scot Squad and has other writing projects for television in the pipeline, which should see her popularity rise.
You can see Duvet Day at Monkey Barrel Comedy until 25th August at 19:15. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com