Gordon Southern’s a Brief History of History


I love a show with a strong theme, as it feels like a one-fringe-only experience, rather than being their catch-it-anywhere club set. On this, Southern didn’t disappoint. I also enjoy learning new things, so this was definitely the show to come to.

Of course, the complete history of history is an impressive feat in its own right, but in the one hour, he also managed a passing nod to pre-history, as well as getting bang up to date with his own life.

Southern delivers all this mixed up comedy and fact in varied ways, from the pretend TV historian stance, to a sketch with an audience member, to quick-fire raps, with varied sound effects and sound-bites to play with at the touch of a button.

Sometimes when a performer appears to really enjoy themselves it can be wearing. Not in this case; if anything, it helped set the upbeat mood, brought everyone on board responding, and got across Southern’s genuine passion for his topic. Much as schools need teachers like this, comedy would be worse off without him.

Reviewed by Gill Smith


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