Laura Levites is pretty awesome. As her bittersweet stand-up shows, she’s not too used to good luck, getting kicked around a lot, and lacking said good fortune, she could have gone the route of angst, but instead chose cynical optimism, and it’s great. She’s a warm, likeable personality, which, in an age of grim-dark, mock psychotic comics – is itself becoming a little unusual, so it’s refreshing to see someone that you can really root for. And, quite importantly for a comedian, she’s very funny. From observations (white girls always get let off smuggling) to anecdotes about her Christmas in London, her show is sharp and hilarious. Not all of it seems fresh, a good few punch lines can be predicted, but she’s chatty and charming.
Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 2-26 Aug, 2.45pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Katherine Cunningham]