Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Joe Hart: Dirty Rotten Apples, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray.
Joe Hart likes apples. Not just as delicious things to eat and one of his five a day, but as ways of understanding world history. Adam and Eve. The Crusades. Alan Turing. Sir Isaac Newton. Apple computers.
More immediately, they’re also a way to understand himself and his place in the world. A 22-year-old Londoner, Hart is only a few years away from having come out to his family and friends as gay (suddenly he and his sister could stop arguing and talk about boys).
Did Adam and Steve live in the Garden of Eden? How did an apple kick off the Crusades? Did an apple want to have sex with the Father of Gravity? These are the core questions in what may be the smartest show in town. It’s certainly the nerdiest, as further maths fanatic Hart throws in jokes about abacuses, string theory and other clever stuff, alongside his puns and observations.
A So You Think You’re Funny runner-up, Hart is likeable, engaging and yes, I do think he’s funny. How do I Iike them apples? A lot.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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