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Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Stoph Demetriou @ The Free Sisters

What the Edinburgh Fringe website says:

Exciting and troubled comedian Stoph Demetriou struggles against his own uselessness to educate the audience on why some people are too useless to realise how useless they are. Meanwhile, his paranoia and confidence have their own ideas...

Watch a video:

(Stoph is the guy with the long hair)

Based on real-life

Stoph Demetriou’s show The Dunning-Kruger Effect presents a real-life theory (see this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning–Kruger_effect) which hypothesises that incompetent people are likely to overestimate their own competence.

He extends this further, by impersonating two sides of his cognitive functioning: Paranoia and Confidence, both of whom are seemingly waged in an internal battle à la a devout Catholic’s perceptions of God to the left and Satan to the right. As with much of the show, they are presented on a video screen, with Stoph narrating via his live stand-up act.

Some parts of the show present real-life examples supporting the hypothesis such as Liam Fox, Donald Trump (who, quite understandably, is being lampooned in a large proportion of acts this year) and those people who keep claiming “I’m not a racist, but…”. Others go for various comic skits such as a Miami Vice-style ‘80s cop show called “Law of the Land”, a jibe at that old “Diet Coke break advert” which was on TV and an Oyster card checking machine that keeps swearing at him.

Free show

It is often the case that shows which are part of the Free Fringe are free for a reason. On the other hand, it has also played host to some excellent ones. Thankfully, Stoph’s show falls far closer to the latter camp than the former. It’s a remarkably well-presented and mirth-inducing affair with some great gags and a solid helping of on-the-button satire.

A couple of the sketches do drag a little, but on the whole, Stoph is definitely one of the better acts I have seen this year - paid or not. A word of warning: the venue he is playing in (The Wee Room in The Three Sisters bar complex) is aptly-titled. Be sure to get there early to have a chance of squeezing in!

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Tickets are available from the following link:

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