Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW –Alice Brine, Brinestorm

It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Edinburgh Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year!

Alice Brine: Brinestorm

Location:  Gilded Balloon Teviot – Turret (Venue 14)

Dates: Aug 3rd-15th, 17th-28th

Time: 16:20

Price: £10 / Concessions £9

Ticket Link:

Hello! Tell us about yourself?

Hello, I’m Alice. I’m a stand up comedian living in London. I’m originally from New Zealand but I moved over about five years ago to pursue my dreams because i’m absolutely delusional. 

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?

I love the world brainstorm. I feel like my brain is basically just in a constant state of storm. I also love putting on shows using my last name as a pun. When I did my first debut hour in the NZ comedy festival the show was called Brinestorm. It worked well so I thought I’d do it again for Edinburgh even though it’s actually a totally different show from the first Brinestorm.

Tell us all about your show!

Having ADHD is less about getting distracted by shiny things and more about ripping through life like a human tornado with no real ability to stop and think. While this makes things more difficult, it also makes things hilarious. When someone without ADHD catches a bus, they just catch a bus. When someone with ADHD catches a bus there’s a real chance that person might end up in Mexico even if they hopped on in Slough. This is how Alice Brine’s life goes.

Everything she does escalates. Like the time she got kicked out of the airport because her passport was covered in glow stick. Or the time she was stopped by police for chucking bed sheets into the river at 3am, which upon reflecting did look really dodgy. Or the time she drove her car off a cliff. Or that thing that happened with the ex boyfriend and the Vet. Brinestorm rips the lid off the reality of life with ADHD. Not just in stories but in observations. Having ADHD gives Alice a perspective on things that anyone with a neurotypical brain just wouldn’t be distracted enough to think up.

Alice has a way of highlighting observations that have been right there in front of you the whole time, yet you’ve never noticed. Brinestorm does exactly what it says on the tin; Alice Brine storming through the stage leaving you laughing so much that your teeth hurt. 

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

Sarah Roberts, Grace Campbell, Helen Bauer, Olga Kochs, Ania Magliano, James Roque, Chloe Petts, 

Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe.

I have not done the Ed Fringe before. I’ve done festivals in the southern Hemisphere but my Edinburgh debut was delayed a couple of years by a cheeky pandemic that swung by. The advice I have been given is that I should expect to lose a lot of money.  I’ve also been told that I should be prepared to cry at least once a week. I’ve been warned that Edinburgh becomes an intense and terrifying psychological bubble and I will start to go crazy comparing myself to other people no matter how hard I try not to. So yeah, I’m really looking forward to it. It sounds fun. 

Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?

It’s in my show and so if I say it now then when you come and see my show you’ll know the punchline already and it will be ruined 

What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?

Money, a well connected manager,  and delusional ambition. 

What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?

Have a lot of money and don’t care if you get any stars or nominations 

 Best thing about performing at the fringe?

It’s cheesy but my answer really is making people laugh. 

The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?

The £4000 loss.

What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?

A towel, ibuprofen, and delusional ambition

What’s the secret to successful flyering?

Brief your flyers well. EG don’t give my flyer to some grumpy looking old man who doesn’t want to see my show. Give my flyer to the groups of loud huns.  Also just spend the money on a social marketing media strategy and you wont need to flyer anyway.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

My mum

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

Instagram @alicebrine 

Twitter: @alicebrine 

TikTok @alicebrine

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

It’s fucking funny

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