Spoken Word review: That’s Not How You Spell Pedantic
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: That’s Not How You Spell Pedantic at The Royal Oak (Venue 309b), reviewed by Roger Cox
One of the many risks associated with putting on a show about pedantry is that you’re begging pedantic reviewers to pick holes in it.
There is nothing wrong with self-styled punk poet Jim Higo’s grammar – just as well really, as poor grammar is the source of much of his frustration – but his hour-long rant could be improved no end if the various bad taste gags about gypsies, Gary Glitter, spit-roasted Filipino girls and the Anders Breivik shootings were taken out. This end-of-the-pier rubbish is bizarrely at odds with an otherwise intelligent, accomplished performance.
Higo spends most of his hour delivering a long list of pet hates, with a selection of nimble, punchy poems thrown in along the way. Chief among the faux-pas in the sights of his satirical machine gun are split infinitives, Americanisms, corporate platitudes and the incorrect usage of words such “literally” and “amazing,” and he tears through them all with infectious glee.
Going forward, Higo needs to boldly bin the smut – maybe chillax just a little bit, too – and he could end up with a literally amazing show.
MORE INFO: That’s Not How You Spell Pedantic at The Royal Oak (Venue 309b), until 23 August
Originally published in The Scotsman