The weird and wonderful comic world of Sofie Hagen – review

Sofie Hagen won the 2015 Edinburgh Best Newcomer award
Sofie Hagen won the 2015 Edinburgh Best Newcomer award

The bio on Danish comedian Sofie Hagen's website doesn't mention 2015's Edinburgh Best Newcomer award. It only references one of her three podcasts. "I'm an extraordinarily nice person," is the information prioritised above all else. "Really," she insists, "you should meet me."

You should. Hagen is warm and likeable. She greets each of her spectators at the door, and isn't at all put out when one of them hands her a coat, clearly not recognising her. Hagen smiles a lot, and laughs often, putting her audience at ease. 

This allows a story about three girls cowering from the snapping, blood-smeared mouth of an angry dog to be funny rather than horrifying. For someone who has had life-long social anxiety (aged six, she announced, "all people are too many people"), Hagen is comfortable on stage talking to a big group of people, and she quickly turns the venue into an intimate space.

Sofie Hagen: 'all people are too many people'

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