Comedy review: Festival of the Spoken Nerd – Full Frontal Nerdity
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Festival of the Spoken Nerd – Full Frontal Nerdity at Assembly George Square (Venue 3), reviewed by Kate Copstick
The atmosphere both in the queue outside and in the audience for this show is quite extraordinary. It is like being in a big, friendly club made up of all the kids who got bullied at school for being the smart one who liked tests.
You can almost see the thought bubbles reading “happy at last, happy at last” above their hairy heads. Here mobile phones are all switched on and there are jokes for software aficionados and graphic designers aplenty.
This is a great, funny, clever show, almost childlike in the amount of fun it gets out of stuff. Matt is in love with spreadsheets (but do not despair, lovers of pie charts and Venn diagrams – you are not forgotten) and does things with them you will scarcely believe. By the end of the show he has proved that the ultimate goal of physics is to turn itself into mathematics which doesn’t best please Steve, who is big on physics – possibly because it allows him to electrocute a large gherkin in the name of science, do fun stuff with beads and dubstep and show us all how to make a fire tornado using a lazy Susan and a wastepaper basket.
From Helen we get songs about synesthesia and cryogenics but, much, much more impressively, glass shattering. Even the heckles at this terrific show are smart. One bit of kit fails to work. “Turn it off and turn it on again,” comes a voice from the back.
These three obviously love their subjects and they make maths and physics funny and fascinating. I discovered that I constantly wander around wearing a coat that doesn’t actually exist. Please don’t think nerdiness is not for you. With a little effort we can all find our inner nerd. This show makes that worth doing.
MORE INFO: Festival of the Spoken Nerd – Full Frontal Nerdity at Assembly George Square (Venue 3), until 25 August
Originally published in The Scotsman