Comedian, writer, podcaster and performer Alice Fraser is also a word geek, insatiable academic, ex-corporate lawyer and banjo aficionado.
Alice studied law at Sydney University and English Literature (Rhetoric) at Cambridge before working as a lawyer in New York City. Hitting the NYC comedy stages at night soon saw her spending more time writing jokes than litigation and realising her passion for comedy outweighed her legal ambition.
Now based in London, Alice has taken her passion around the world; writing, producing, directing and performing in award-winning shows to sell-out crowds and rave reviews from Edinburgh to London, New York to Cambridge and many places in between.
Alice has written jokes for Channel 10’s The Project, the satirical news radio show, A Rational Fear, the 2012 USYD Law Revue, ABC TV’s The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting and Tonightly with Tom Ballard. She has also been a regular contributor to SBS Comedy and The Chaser Quarterly and has been published in Cosmopolitan and Marie-Claire magazines.
A prolific podcaster, Alice’s weekly podcast Tea with Alice was awarded the 2016 AMP Tomorrow Fund Grant. She conceived the ABC radio podcast Trollplay which she hosts alongside Sami Shah and Cal Wilson. She has co-hosted her own radio show, Tracksuits, weekly on Sydney’s FBi; appeared as a guest panellist on Channel 9’s Mornings and Channel 10’s Studio 10; debated Julian Assange; and delivered, by invitation, a TEDx talk which became the basis for her keynote address. Alice has been a regular co-host on Andy Zaltzman’s cult UK podcast The Bugle since she first horrified a live audience in Melbourne with a curious mix of puns, obscenity and flamingo trolling.
Alice’s 2015 festival show Savage sold out seasons at Sydney and Canberra Comedy Festivals, as well as achieving phenomenal critical acclaim at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The follow-up to this, The Resistance, was met with sold-out seasons and an equivalent level of success with enthusiastic reviews at all major Australian comedy festivals and Edinburgh Fringe in 2016. Both The Resistance and Alice’s 2018 solo show Ethos are available to view on Amazon Prime, and in 2019 Amazon Prime announced that they had selected Alice to film her own Amazon Original stand-up comedy special, with this special live performance of Savage due for release in April 2020.
At the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Alice performed The Resistance, Savage and the final piece of this autobiographical comedy triptych – Empire – back-to-back as Trilogy. This show was received with a full house and standing ovation at Melbourne Town Hall before playing as encore seasons at London’s Soho Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe. ABC radio released The Alice Fraser Trilogy in podcast form using binaural sound which was subsequently announced as #1 Apple editor’s choice for Australian podcasts in 2018. In 2019 In The Habit: Introduction To Changing Our Behaviour – in which Alice alongside neuroscientist Ash Ranpura deep dive into the science of behaviour change – was named in Audible’s top 5 downloaded podcasts of the year. And with a special mention to Alice’s regular co-hosting, The Bugle was the number 2 pick of TechAdvisor’s Top Ten Podcasts of the decade.
Astonishing★★★★★ Funny Tonne
Gut-punchingly funny. See this show.★★★★★ Herald Sun
Stand-up like you’ve never seen it before★★★★★ Broadway Baby
Could give Daniel Kitson a run for his money.Chortle (UK)
Brilliant and humble, self-deprecating and charmingHerald Sun
Big, amazing, entertaining, funny, tragic, sad, uplifting, occasionally musical… beautiful… a very strange show… I really thought it was tremendousKate Copstick, The Scotsman (UK)
A towering achievement, one of the festival’s very best.Funny Tonne
Razor sharp and intriguingTimeOut
Hilarious, charming, moving, gently sarcastic, silly and always a warm presenceSquirrel Comedy