Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Ed Aczel: The Random Flapping of a Butterfly’s Wings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick
Ed introduces his hour with a rather well made little bit of video. Very nice camerawork. We kick off with St Thomas Aquinas and some Wordsworth before Ed gets stuck into winning us over with three historical facts. He has, he tells us, great hopes for this gig. Ed still looks like he should have some sort of carer with him and exudes all the performing pizazz of Professor Stephen Hawking, but an hour in his company is a wonderful comedy experience. You really should not leave Edinburgh without experiencing Ed in “banter” mode.
If you are sitting near the front, make sure you know your bank account details. Ed’s broadband deal material is second to none and we are almost disappointed when he breaks off from discussing some of the great offers around to announce: “I suppose we’d better have a joke now”. It is a funny joke.
Which is all but forgotten as Ed ploughs into the ambiguous section of the show, kicking off with Jackson Pollock. After which he suggests we start the show. A gig, he suggests, which could (if you buy into the whole eponymous “random flapping of a butterfly’s wings” thing) affect history. If it does it can only be for the better.
We get maths and history in combination, a philosophy section and a wander through some frequently asked questions.
Doing this kind of Dadaist non-comedy comedy is much harder than it looks and Aczel is still the master of the genre. In his hands what could be simply a gimmick is made almost an artform. Having said that, his Vladimir Putin impression is pants.
The Hive (VENUE 313), until 30 August, 5:30pm
Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015
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