Viggo the Viking (4 stars)

Viggo the Viking

Improv, mime and storytelling merge for an hour of silly fun

Viggo the Viking is the latest creation by Gaulier-trained clown Viggo Venn, and it's a delightful hour of genuinely silly and laugh-out-loud fun. Norwegian Venn plays homage to his country's past with a show about a father and son duo: the dad a classic bloodthirsty Viking, and the boy a mellow fellow, much to his papa's disappointment. Ostensibly a mime show, the narrative isn't quite clear enough that the audience don't need a little spoken help from Venn, but that's all part of the fun.

As he reminds us, the audience must 'use your imagination. If the show's no good, it's your fault!' The act relies heavily on audience involvement, meaning a high degree of improv is required from Venn, but he never misses a beat and reacts hilariously to every twist and turn of the story. A mixture of physical theatre, sort-of mime, improv and clowning, Venn is a master of storytelling, using his whole body to elicit laughs. He quickly builds a rapport with the crowd via his goofy brand of humour, ensuring everyone is on board for a little participation.

Viggo the Viking is an hour of fun quite unlike anything else you'll see in Edinburgh this year. You might not know what the story is supposed to be, but you'll be laughing along regardless.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug, 8.20pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Viggo the Viking

  • 4 stars

Stamptown Best Comedy winner, Brighton Fringe 2016 (Zach & Viggo). Best Comedy nominee, Fringe World 2018 (Pepito). From the deep forests and tall mountains of Norway comes Viggo the Viking, the dumbest viking in the world. A new show from Gaulier-trained clown Viggo Venn. 'My cheeks were aching with laughter…

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