Björn Gustafsson (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Björn Gustafsson

Curious spectacle from a Swedish celebrity

Before the show begins there's some crackly mic problems. We think they're unintentional, but judging from the rest of the show you can't really be sure what's meant and what isn't. Björn Gustafsson has been famous in his Swedish homeland since he was 20 (he's now 27) but his debut at the Fringe is one of the most curious this year.

Eventually, a tall blonde sporting a suit in IKEA colours is shoved onto the stage. Offstage, a voice berates us as we applaud: 'that's not even me, it's my brother'. The show is an exquisitely peculiar spectacle of comedy and music that harbours a Pythonic quality, yet there are also shades of old school British comedy too.

The pair's working together to undermine each other's endeavours is reminiscent of Morecambe and Wise, and elsewhere they perform deliberately out-of-tune numbers in the Les Dawson vein. The show runs somewhat under the advertised hour but, to be honest, after 45 minutes your brain is befuddled while you'll still be laughing on the way home.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 12 Aug, 11.59pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).

Björn Gustafsson

  • 4 stars

The witty and likeable entertainer Björn Gustafsson started off his career at the early age of 20. A year later he landed his first TV gig, a debut that reached over four million views on YouTube. Later he wowed the Swedish audience by contributing humor slots to Eurovision Song Contest and starring in several movies and…