Snjolaug Ludviksdottir: Let It Snow

By Ron Bingham

Poor Snjolaug Ludviksdottir. Living in Iceland, speaking three languages, carving out a career in comedy, and yet she is single and still looking for love (and/or a baby) at thirty-five. Let It Snow starts with Snjolaug explaining where her name came from and what it means (something along the lines of snow water/slush I believe), moving on to living in Paris until she was twelve, then moving back to Iceland to be bullied at school for the next couple of years. She talks about being a very late developer, how excrutiatingly long it took to lose her virginity, and the troubles with dating in Iceland, before moving on to Danish sperm banks and father figures.

I’m starting to think Icelanders really don’t like the Danes (well, not in the two shows I saw). So much for Scandinavian solidarity. Snjolaug is a well spoken and engaging comedian, who has a lot of very funny material and good comic timing. It does get a bit saucy when she starts talking about her body (especially her idea for a waste disposal redesign) and there may have been some swearing, but there was nothing really offensive. It is well worth the trek down to the Old Tollbooth to catch Snjolaug’s performance.

Let It Snow is on at Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market until August 25