Manos Kanellos: Greekonomics (2 stars)

This article is from 2013

Manos Kanellos: Greekonomics

A Greek comic to introduce us to Greece's recent financial decline

Who better to take a comedic look at the Greek economy's woes than a Greek comic? Manos Kanellos combines his knowledge of Greek culture, contemporary and ancient, and European politics with the aim of gently educating folks about the situation and possibly offering a few solutions.

Leading the audience though the enormity of Greece's fiscal debt, the German bail-out and the rise of the Golden Dawn party, the political coverage is accessible to even casual followers of international events (who, for example, would categorise Mock the Week as a news programme).

Kanellos is a charming guide for an introduction to Greece's recent financial decline and his material shines brightest when he delves into his country's illustrious history and draws comparisons between now and its powerful status 2000 years ago. The Greek waiter jokes are kept to a minimum as Kanellos tries to dispel certain Greek stereotypes yet the Germany-bashing is in full swing and the material is stretched thin to barely cover 50 minutes of an advertised running time of one hour.

Just the Tonic at The Caves, 556 5375, until 25 Aug, 4.55pm, £5–£7.

Manos Kanellos: Greekonomics

  • 2 stars

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