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ASHLEY STORRIE AND OTHER EROTICA

Comedy

Venue:The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate Edinburgh EH1 1JS
Phone: 0131 622 6802
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Maggie's Front Room
AUG 4-28 at 17:15 (60 min)
 
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After a successful year Ashley Storrie returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with tales of sex, drugs and Star Trek.

The giant perma-child of Scottish comedy is ready to bring the house down with hand penned erotica, stories of her dysfunctional family and her failed attempts at finding love.

Often childish and sometimes profound, Storrie uses her unique voice to poke fun at the world's taboos.

'She is so naturally funny' (Chortle)

'An experienced and accomplished comic... isn't afraid to frighten the front row with brutally funny material' (Scotsman)

'You are never short of a laugh during her set' (One4review)


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August 29, 2016  Edinburgh Festival Magazine
Review for Ashley Storrie and other Erotica
The moment you enter the room, you know this is someone special. Ashley Storrie has a natural rapport with the quickly filling room, any form of ‘heckles’ are simply incorporated and launched back. No holds barred, everything ripped out and open, Ashley treats everything as up for discussion. Every joke lands, some are a little too niche and local for a few in the crowd, but there isn’t a flat delivery.

Whether it be dinosaur erotica, nearly sleeping with a Tory or just bantering with the audience, Other Erotica reveals why Ashley Storrie is a magnificently promising act.

A more linear structure may be needed; the penultimate story punches the crowd into tears and roars of laughter, but the finale leaves a little to be desired. Reorganised and structured; Other Erotica could easily rob the limelight from any other show.

Words: Dominic Corr

Ashley Storrie and other Erotica, Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, Aug 27-28, 5:15pm Click Here

August 11, 2016  Broadway Baby
Ashley Storrie and Other Erotica
“I don’t want your opinions printed,” Ashley Storrie says to any potential reviewers in the audience. It’s pretty daunting to be addressed directly by the act, particularly as I’ve already committed to writing this. My apologies to Storrie, though for what it’s worth I was a fan of your take-no-prisoners style of confessional comedy.

I’d love to see more filth from Storrie
And Other Erotica touches on many of Storrie’s successes and failures of life: from her resting face to her sexual conquests, no stone is left unturned. Even in the pre-show audience interaction, Storrie’s more than happy to talk about whatever: I entered the room to the dulcet tones of Storrie advising which photos not to send to people on Grindr. Her observational material is nice and neat, with set pieces blending into one another. Storrie has a nice sense of structure in her show, whilst also being unafraid to riff on a particular anecdote or concept for a while. Yes, some jokes on her rivalry with incredibly preened women feels familiar, but her material on being the daughter of a Protestant and a Catholic in Glasgow has an excellent punch line which proves Storrie has something a little different to her contemporaries. There’s a boldness and unapologetic tone which is incredibly endearing.

A risk when developing a show based around how dumb 50 Shades of Grey and other erotic novels sound is that Storrie could come off as childish in tone. If anything, the set seems a little cleaner and more sensible than it could be. Storrie’s short erotic stories make for neat interludes in her set, rather than the main focus of the show. They’re really funny though, and for that reason it seems a shame that we only get two of Storrie’s seductive tales. Storrie parodies the tropes of the genre with a cheeky suppressed smirk: with plenty of alternate names for the male anatomy, there’s a high hit rate which digs at the genre in a way that everybody can enjoy. I’d love to see more filth from Storrie, and look forward to her next foray into the industry of erotic literature. Click Here

August 11, 2016  The List
Ashley Storrie and Other Erotica
Ashley Storrie is a fearless performer. Her tales of sexual misadventure take in one-night stands, attempted groping and a lot of frank chat about body parts delivered with intensity and a lot of cussing in her Glasgow accent.

The self-penned erotica takes the form of two brief interludes: the first features an incident in which Storrie's reluctance to relinquish her childhood impinges upon her romantic life while the second takes as its subject a public figure who is a less than likely romantic lead. It would have been lovely to hear more of her hilariously unsexy sex stories.

Comparisons with her mother (comedian and Trump-botherer, Janey Godley) are inevitable but will not do any harm to Storrie's rising career. She's an example of the kind of feminism that doesn't announce its agenda but lives it. It's mindboggling that hearing a woman onstage talking about her bodily functions and admitting to enjoying sex can still seem startling.

Ashley Storrie's forthrightness is a tonic and should be mandatory viewing. Make sure you arrive early to gain an extra 15 minutes of material as this funny firecracker welcomes in the crowd.

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, until 28 Aug, 5.15pm, free. Click Here

February 20, 2016 Glasgow Herald
Funny Feisty women
The Glasgow comedian’s show includes a kooky collection of tales about “being my awkward self and William Shatner trying to set me up with men on the internet”. The latter, it transpires, happens on a regular basis. Storrie, 29, and the Star Trek legend have developed a Twitter banter since he wished her happy birthday three years ago.

Shatner has often attempted to play matchmaker. “He’s was trying to set me up with some guy from Outlander – a big handsome ginger fellow,” she says. Sam Heughan? “Yes! That’s the one.” Heughan, who plays dashing highlander Jamie Fraser in the television drama, frequently converses with Shatner on Twitter. “I was mortified,” says Storrie.

Jamie Fraser may have set millions of hearts aflutter, but Storrie’s devotion belongs to one man alone: Captain James T Kirk. “I have been a Star Trek fan since before I can remember,” she says. “I wanted William Shatner to tweet me so he knew I existed.” That dream was realised when Shatner posted: “Here’s what I want to know – what is Ashley’s ‘Storrie’?”

Storrie has never met Shatner and is content with a virtual friendship. She believes Shatner views her as an “odd bod” and secretly prefers her mother, fellow comedian Janey Godley. “Mum has never watched Star Trek and doesn’t care, so she talks to him like he’s Uncle Bill.”

For a long time Storrie railed against a career in comedy. Her first acting part was aged three playing “the wee girl in the metal tea urn” in the movie Alabama. At five, she was cast in an advert for Fairy Liquid soap powder, directed by Ken Loach no less, and aged 10 had the lead role in the independent film Wednesday’s Child.
“When I was a kid I was convinced I was going to be an actor,” she says. “I had this plan that I was going to die on Casualty or The Bill and that would be my big break. It would be such a compelling death that I would go on to play Evita and win Oscars.”

At 11, Storrie performed her first stand-up routine at the International Women’s Day celebrations in Glasgow. Her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut followed two years later. But then, says Storrie, her aspirations foundered as teenage angst struck.

“I did comedy until I hit puberty – literally until I got boobs – and then I was so crippled by adolescent shame I couldn’t go on stage,” she says.

Storrie was 27 before she began gigging again. A big part, she concedes, was wanting to escape being known as “Janey Godley’s daughter” and carve her own identity.

In the intervening years she studied filmmaking, wrote for radio and had “more jobs than you could imagine”. A catering assistant, karaoke host, bingo caller and a receptionist among others (Storrie was sacked from a law firm for building a pyramid of soft drinks in the conference room and dismissed by a car company for making jokes over the PA system).

“Anything I could do to avoid comedy,” she says. “I didn’t want to be compared to my ma. People would tell me I should do comedy and I would joke: ‘I don’t hate myself enough.’”

These days it’s less about hating herself and more about being comfortable in her own skin. Storrie says her style is “blatantly honest”, adding: “I don’t get embarrassed by the things that embarrass other people.”
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