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HOW TO SUFFER BETTER

Amanda Miller | View Performers Biography

Comedy

Venue:The Newsroom, 5 - 11 Leith Street Edinburgh EH1 3AT
Phone: 0131 557 5830
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Downstairs Bar
AUG 3-13, 15-20, 22-27 at 13:15 (60 min)
 
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After catching her fiancé screwing her friend in a bar bathroom, Celeste reads under a Snapple bottle cap: We can't stop ourselves from suffering, but we can learn how to suffer better. Mystified, she seeks out a homeless man with a split personality, a horny octogenarian who invented a new dating app, a maid longing for love, a clown going through a bureaucratic nightmare and a teen at anger management camp who threw a rock at Trump’s head. They’ve all been brought together in her basement to present their suffering to an audience that will vote on who is suffering the best!


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August 25, 2017  Arts Fringes
Anarchic character comedy

The multitalented Manhattanite Amanda Erin Miller (actress, writer, yoga instructor, massage therapist and now comedian) dons a series of wigs and costumes from a cardboard box in the centre of the stage and plays a variety of characters throughout the show. Each of them is performed in a manic, anarchically over-the-top manner with a good deal of audience interaction (thankfully, not of the “picking on people” variety).

Much of the comedy comes from absurd running jokes - for example, a clown who tries in vain to chase up a medical certificate while being passed from pillar to post through an endless string of bureaucrats on the end of a phone line. Other moments come from physical/slapstick humour, including a silent maid who dances with her broom, and a rather hopeless drunk striptease artist (she does it for empowerment).


The best of the sketches here features a character called Edith Shlivovitz, an elderly lady bedeviled with the issue that her dates (being no spring chickens themselves) keep dying on her. She comes up with a radical solution: a Tinder-style dating app with one crucial difference (watch the show to find out). Another involving an adolescent called Kevin, who throws a rock at Donald Trump and gets sent to “Camp Smile” - where he takes part in a series of artistic pursuits to manage his anger issues - comes close. However, even though the other material doesn’t always reach the same heights, Amanda plays it with such fast-paced insane excess that it never feels like it is flagging.

Ludicrous comic talent

She has a genuine, if not exactly subtle, comic flair. There’s an overriding theme of finding fun in suffering - be it alcoholism, homelessness, old age, loneliness, bureaucracy and anger - and her crazy style makes it a successful mission by blowing everything up to ludicrous proportions. “How to Suffer Better” is one of those examples of a free Fringe show that’s actually better than many which charge the price of a ticket up-front. Click Here

August 8, 2017 Chortle
Comedy Makes us Suffer Better
Amanda Miller on the power of her artform Click Here

August 3, 2017  The Edinburgh Reporter
A wacky slice of neurotic New York life is served up by Amanda Erin Miller in a high-energy Edinburgh Fringe debut.
Miller, 33, presents a handful of angst-ridden characters, ranging from a multiple-complex-suffering hobo with a split personality and a clown at the heart of a bureaucratic nightmare to an 87-year-old widow, Edith Shlivovitz, all of whose friends are dead, who invents the Sex-Ray dating app.
A whirling, post-lunch hour passes in harmless, knockabout fun in this endearing externalisation of Ms Miller’s inventive mind (when she is not tutoring barmitzvah or batmitzvah students or doing massage therapy).
There’s a tendency, such is the subject matter, for it to get rather shouty and for the reserved British audience (of four when I turned up, including me and Terry Miller, Amanda’s mum) not to be quite as responsive as, perhaps, New Yorkers may be. But it would be churlish not to cherish its heartfelt scream at life’s frustrations. Click Here

May 22, 2017 Broadway Baby
On The Mic Podcast Interview
https://voicerepublic.com/talks/episode-286-amanda-miller Click Here

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