Tor Snyder proving Big Girls Donut Cry

Tor Snyder.
Tor Snyder.

NORTHAM-born comedian Tor Snyder feels like she was born to travel, which is just as well since her New Zealand mother and Canadian father moved her family to Canada when she was two years old.

She moved back to Perth 10 years ago.

“I was freezing in Canada and everyone else had moved back already,” Snyder, of Maylands, said.

“I was 22 and not too sure what I was doing. My mum and dad would talk about the mango tree in their backyard and going to the beach every day and I thought, ‘what the f*** am I doing?’

“I always tell them if we never left Australia that I could have been a professional surfer.”

It was six years ago while working in a travel agency that Snyder agreed to give stand-up comedy a go with a colleague who bailed on the idea before making it on stage.

“When I was in high school I had an aptitude test, which told me I should either be a clown, a radio DJ or a comedian,” Snyder said.

“I never thought about it again until then.”

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Snyder combined her two passions, comedy and travel, for her Perth Comedy Festival show Big Girls Donut Cry, inspired by completing the 800km Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Spain in September.

“It took me 34 days,” she said.

“I was really depressed and felt like maybe it would help me release something, so there’s a bit of a mental health message in the show.

“It’s a hard subject to make funny but I try and think I succeed. There’s honesty and truth in there for sure.”

It was during the pilgrimage that Snyder decided to turn her journey into Big Girls Donut Cry, which debuted at Adelaide Fringe.

“I was too late to apply for Fringe World so I went for Adelaide and had to go and find a library to use their computer,” she said.

“Everything was in Spanish so it took me three hours to finish the application, which put me a day behind as well, but it was fine.

“I did five shows in Adelaide, polished it and changed it each night. The Perth Comedy Festival show will be the final product.”

The donut connoisseur said although she could not promise donuts on the night, there would definitely be talk of the sweet treat.

“And if anyone wants to sponsor the show, who knows,” she said.

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THE ESSENTIALS

What: Tor Snyder – Big Girls Donut Cry

Where: Regal Chorus Room, Regal Theatre

When: April 27

Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au