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BRIGHTON FRINGE: 50% Canadian, 100% Crazy. Let’s Laugh – Sweet @ The Welly

Creators: Let’s Giraffe

Reviewer: Simon Topping

Hailing from Canada with a Scottish mother and Irish Canadian father, Michelle Christine is on a mission to grab life by the horn and see what it offers up.

Initially starting on a conventional pathway, first at University and then through her attempts to make a life within the energy sector in Canada, Christine has veered off track so fabulously and completely there is no turning back.

It was in her early twenties, after being fired from a string of menial jobs, including getting the sack from a workplace where she hadn’t progressed beyond a shadowing position, that she first trained at the famed Second City comedy classes in her hometown of Toronto. It was there she found her calling, and her life has been an interesting rollercoaster ever since.

Christine wheels through her life, in an amiable and charmingly effusive manner, from her time in Canada to her move to LA and ending up at Edinburgh festival. On the way she helps her mum to come out as gay at 50, gets guidance from the doctor on what she needs to say to get medical marijuana and gets sponsored by a local car dealer to tour the states.

Christine’s motto is, “If you don’t ask then you don’t get”. She is a great believer than from your failures, triumphs appear. She is absolutely right.

Laughter peppers the room from start to finish. She is a very likeable comedian, easy to warm to and engaging to watch. She is comfortable with the crowd and leaves everything laid bare for her audience to see. No topic in her life is out of bounds. There is even an interesting story about love beads.

Christine is a risk taker, one of life’s eternal optimists, an adventurer and inspiration to all those who have yet to find what they love and go out and blag it. Her show is a very entertaining piece of confessional storytelling.

Reviewed on 23 May 2019 | Image: Contributed

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