Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Ismo Leikola: Observing The Obvious, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
This is a jolly show. Leikola is everything you would imagine Finland’s most famous stand-up comedian to be. He has, he tells us, 21 observations to make, several points and quite a lot more. Which, of course, he does in English, a problematic language at best, as he demonstrates. However, he manipulates it brilliantly, even managing to pun.
Silent letters, the pleasant effects of Scotland’s warm climate, helping the starving in Africa and happy meat – all keep the room bubbling with laughter. He is pretty much a master of this comedy technique – the laughter never particularly boils over, but we simmer delightedly as Leikola fuels the funny with fresh observations on religion and why you cannot start a Christian war, on the mystery of moisturising, on the inability of blue whales to keep secrets and on the oddness of why we say “boo”. The concentration of ideas in this hour is quite incredible. And most of them are gems. Leikola himself is smilingly low-key – the comedic lovechild of Jimmy Carr and Milton Jones, unlikely as that sounds. He only moves to demonstrate the purpose of the wedding ring and to analyse the “walking U-Turn”. His hour hurtles by – always a good sign – but you definitely leave in a little chuckle cloud which takes much longer to dissipate.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015
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