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Alice Snedden & Donna Brookbanks Please Stop Clapping (NZ)

Alice Snedden & Donna Brookbanks Please Stop Clapping (NZ)

Off the back of a successful run at the New Zealand Comedy Festival, Donna and Alice have teamed up again to share an hour.

Please Stop Clapping is a brand-new split bill show starring two of New Zealand’s hottest rising comedians! Only fools and people who haven’t heard about them are missing out on their debut Melbourne International Comedy Festival show. See them now so that in five years you can say with confidence “I preferred their earlier stuff.”

With contrasting styles Donna and Alice have something for everyone, provided you’re into comedy. If you’re looking for drama, go to a movie, because Please Stop Clapping only delivers on laughs.

Alice is a comedian, writer and improviser from Auckland, New Zealand. She trained as a lawyer before abandoning her career to become a stand-up, retrained and performed at the UCB Theatre where she completed their long form improv and sketch programs. She was a core cast member of improv groups WRIST and WASTOID, seen regularly performing at the Peoples Improv Theatre in New York. Quick witted, dry and observational, expect to hear stories about growing up in a home that displayed homemade political billboards and had photos of her home birth in amongst the family holiday snaps. Currently she lives in Auckland where she is a writer and performer on TV3’s Funny Girls and Jono and Ben, co-hosts podcast ‘Boners of the Heart’ with Rose Matafeo and was a RAW Comedy Finalist in 2016. She is currently a member of the hit weekly show Snort on at the Basement Theatre.

Donna Brookbanks delivers energetic, kooky stand-up and character comedy, dealing with going to a party on your own and living in the time of the New Zealand man-drought. Donna is an actor, comedian, improviser and writer. She produces and plays in Snort, a weekly cult hit improv show at The Basement Theatre in Auckland, NZ. Donna was a RAW Comedy semi-finalist in 2016 and appeared on Next Big Things – a line up comedy show - both as part of this year’s New Zealand Comedy Festival. She was part of the Comedy Debate in the Queenstown Winter Festival in 2015. She has appeared on panel comedy television show Best Bits and has written for Jono and Ben, a popular TV show. Donna has also written and performed in Funny Girls, a sketch show for TV3 for the past two years. She studied acting at The Neighbourhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.

'Both of them are pegged as exciting up and comers on the New Zealand circuit... Expect a mixture of frank, deadpan stand up and surreal, imaginative comedy.’ Metro (NZ)

I knew (Alice Snedden) would be brilliant – dry and relaxed... She’s a star.’ gather&hunt (NZ)

‘My pick of the night was Donna Brookbanks, her comedy persona is so well-developed as to be completely believable… Donna is able to deliver sharp, ruthless social commentary… It creates such a great dynamic.’ gather&hunt (NZ)

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