Alice Fraser is a comedian, writer, podcaster and performer. She’s also a word geek, polymath, ex-corporate lawyer and banjo aficionado.
Insatiable academic and consummate professional Alice studied law at Sydney University and English Literature (Rhetoric) at Cambridge before working as a lawyer in New York City, where she found herself spending more time writing jokes than litigation; realising her passion for comedy outweighed her legal ambition.
She has since taken that passion with her around the world; writing, producing, directing and performing in sold-out shows from Edinburgh to London, New York to Cambridge and many places in between before returning home for multiple national tours; performing award-winning shows to sell-out crowds and rave reviews.
Alice has written jokes for Channel 10’s The Project; the satirical news radio show A Rational Fear; the 2012 USYD Law Revue and 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 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.
Her 2015 festival show Savage sold out seasons in 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. At the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Alice performed those two shows and the piece de resistance 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 editors choice for Australian podcasts in 2018.
"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 charming“ Herald Sun
“big, amazing, entertaining, funny, tragic, sad, uplifting, occassionally musical… beautiful… a very strange show… I really thought it was tremendous” Kate Copstick, TheScotsman (UK)
“a towering achievement, one of the festival’s very best.“ Funny Tonne
“razor sharp and intriguing“ TimeOut
“hilarious, charming, moving, gently sarcastic, silly and always a warm presence“ Squirrel Comedy