Ali Brice is yet another example of how the Free Fringe is full of comedic talent, this show is full of laughs, as well as heartfelt emotion, and it takes a comedic genius to perfectly blend the two. Even though he starts the show by peeking through a set of blinds and using his finger to portray something crude, Ali Brice is that genius.
“I Tried To Be Funny, But You Weren’t Looking” is about everything that has happened to Ali over the last three years or so. The show begins with some lighthearted fun and audience interaction. Even though it’s a lot of fun, you may pity those in the front row, as there are few comics who put people on the spot quite as much as Ali Brice.
However, the show then takes a more serious turn, as he begins to talk about his alcohol abuse, his suicide attempt and his subsequent therapy. Despite this, it’s not a sad show, more like a show that is fuelled by slightly melancholic enthusiasm, as therapy has changed his life for the better, but he feels as though this is now the true beginning of his adult life.
Ali Brice could make you laugh or cry, it really depends on what mood you are in when you sit down. He is a fan of comedy’s silly side, with childish puns and gags, but there is also a fair bit of self-deprecating humour. He seems as though he is very happy with his life now and excited about what lies ahead, but at the same time this new lease of life is twinged with the sadness that it has taken so long for him to get going.
This show is hilarious, thought-provoking and emotional. He has the wacky demeanour of a great comedian, but also the gentle, pleasant demeanour of a man you want to see go forward in life with health and happiness. It is without doubt one of the most funny and important shows at the Free Fringe this year.
Ali Brice: I Tried To Be Funny, But You Weren’t Looking, 16:50, Banshee Labyrinth, August 16-28.