I’ll be honest. I didn’t expect to enjoy Snort with Friends anywhere near as much as I did. I haven’t been to many comedy shows, but even I knew an 11:30pm billing at The Basement Theatre is hardly a headliner. Turns out I didn’t get the memo. The place was packed.
It quickly became clear to me that this was not like any comedy show I had seen before. Essentially, a special guest from the Comedy Gala would come on stage for a comedic monologue about a topic given by the audience, and then the cast of Snort would come on and perform about 15 minutes of rip-roaring improv scenes inspired by the monologue. As such, they promise a completely different show every night, and boy did they deliver.
The guests were top notch, but the real stars of the show were the improv cast. It wasn’t long before they were acting out Principles having inappropriate relations with playground equipment and restaurant owners physically abusing their customers. One particular scene involving Brynlee Stent and Chris Parker as Russian spies planning to take over New Zealand had the audience in stitches.
The show clocked in at 50 mins, which to me felt a little short. This is perhaps a testament to its quality, as the blistering pace and sheer absurdity made the time fly.
Snort have a show every Friday night at 10pm at the Basement Theatre. Could not recommend more.
10/10: Where everyone is as funny as Phoebe