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Emmy Blotnick: Party Nights

Largely new to UK audiences, New York comedian Emmy Blotnick has strong credits in her home country, having written for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and been head writer for Comedy Central’s The President’s Show. Edinburgh audiences may gloat of their discerning tastes, but appear to not yet have caught up, yielding a half-filled room, or shipping container. Yes, some shows at the Edinburgh Fringe happen in shipping containers, much to the comedian’s surprise.

A cold start, due to the small audience in the chilly container and the awkward mention of incest and fringe depression, so common amongst its performers who don’t always expect a month of daily performances, rainy days and tough audiences, soon gave way to a wonderful, funny show. Emmy won the audience over with even more awkward comments, showing us she’s just the same clumsy person as all of us (I may be projecting!).

Blotnick talks about depression, self-help books, vitamin curiosity and an unhealthy addiction to Amazon. Emmy delivers her material with surprising confidence, having in mind the way she describes herself. A friendly and open demeanour and some of the neurosis New York comedians have got us used to, the performer gifts us with brilliantly accurate and unpredictable observations. Party Nights is a very funny show, deserving of sold-out shipping containers!

★★★★1/2

Emmy Blotnick: Party Nights is at Underbelly at 19:55 until 26th August. For tickets and more information click here!

Funny Women are at the Edinburgh Fringe with five shows, from 19th – 23rd August, a Funny Women Awards 2019 semi-final, a Stand Up to Stand Out workshop and a Meet Up. Come find us!

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