You may recognise Annie from HBO’s Silicon Valley or Showtime’s Shameless and now she’s brought her solo show to Edinburgh with possibly the longest titled show I’ll see this year, Annie Sertich: How to Not Kill Yourself for 30 days…and the Next 330.
Sertich bursts on stage as a life coach character to tell us about the key to happiness and your 3 successful things, the tone switches quickly and we’re left with the real Annie. This is where everything calms down, we lose the intense craziness of the life coach and now we’re just talking, about life and everything it throws your way. What follows is a dairy of how after the collapse of her marriage she fell into depression and seriously contemplated suicide. It may sound like an incredibly heavy and sad hour but it isn’t what you have is a look at the struggles some people face day to day, and how she navigated the tough times. She talks openly about the difficulties she faced and the times when it felt hopeless and the difficulties she still faces.
She uses music to bring us along on the ride from her darkest moments to her seeing light at the end of the tunnel, and her portrayal of both her own inner voices and her friends are darkly funny and allows Sertich to shine as an excellent character actor.
Whilst the subject matter may now seem like it, this is overall an honest and optimistic hour of comedy that doesn’t shy away from the harder topics and instead tackles them head on.