Nicole Henriksen – Techno Glitter Penguins

Nicole Henriksen has an amazing amount of energy and seems to genuinely be enjoying herself as she presents her show Techno Glitter Penguins.

Featuring Henriksen and two ‘guest’ personas – a synth-pop singer from London and a disturbed cult leader sans pants – Techno Glitter Penguins is an alternative-comedy stand up, and it can get pretty bizarre at times. Henriksen is a outgoing and full of energy as she introduces herself to each audience member personally, joking around and chatting with the crowd as we trickle into the room.

She starts off by explaining that she does alternative and experimental comedy, which comes to make sense as we dive into the show. The style is quite a bit different from the norm. There are a lot of good jokes, but the laughter mainly comes from how supremely odd and inexplicable some of the things are that Henriksen says and does, and the way she delivers them.

Henriksen isn’t afraid to interact with the crowd. She flirts, gets right in our faces, and even, as her cult leader persona, blesses us to always have garlic bread in our vicinity. She also isn’t afraid to get political, and shares her opinions on race, gender and sexuality, asking audience members for consent before touching them, and not assuming their pronouns when addressing them.

Techno Glitter Penguins certainly isn’t for everybody. Because of its alternative nature and Henrikson’s vocalised politics the show appeals to a specific audience. However, if you want to branch out and see what fringe acts of the Fringe are on offer, Nicole Henriksen’s Techno Glitter Penguins is a the way to go.

★★★