Comedy review: Yianni in Think Big

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Yianni in Think Big at Wilkie House (Venue 339), reviewed by Jay Richardson

In a compelling expression of positive thinking, Yianni Agisilaou is banking on his three-week run in a free venue drumming up enough support to fill the 1,200-seater EICC next Sunday.

A hefty gamble for a relatively unknown performer, the Australian nevertheless seems worthy of the punt on this evidence, channelling his easy good humour and restless analytical mind into the sort of risk-taking the Edinburgh Fringe ought to be about.

Rediscovering the hopes and aspirations of childhood he rejects the notion that stand-up is brave and proffers the most vulnerable moments of his life.

Throughout, his burgeoning can-do spirit is effectively off-set by a self-abasing opening video and daft equations and contrived coinages that suggest this nerdy, thoughtful act hasn’t wholly embraced gung-ho recklessness.

Until 24 August. Today 4:45pm

More info: Yanni in Think Big is at Wilkie House

Originally published in The Scotsman

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