Andrew Maxwell: Hubble Bubble
Impressively informed comedy comment on ideas of nationalism and national identity, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
This is Andrew Maxwell’s 20th year at the Edinburgh Fringe and if he has become jaded by coming up so often, then there was no evidence of it on this evening. Given that he is an Irishman living in London, it’s perhaps a surprise that the crux of Hubble Bubble is the independence referendum. Whilst many comedians at this year’s Fringe are bound to make a nod at some point to its existence, few would make it the mainstay of their act.
Though it’s abundantly clear which side of the debate he falls on (you’ll have to go to find out), this is a show less about politics and more about ideas of nationalism and national identity, albeit done in a way that gives him ample opportunity to demonstrate his remarkable grasp of different Scottish accents. He also displays the impressive amount of research he has done both on the debate but also on the history of the British Isles and its people.
The show is not perfect, however, and the hour feels unbalanced with the first half a lot stronger than the second. Maxwell, though, is a consummate performer and two decades in, it seems his charm and wit remain in plentiful supply.
Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, until 12 Aug, 10.20pm, £15 (£13).