Andrew Maxwell: Hubble Bubble (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Andrew Maxwell: Hubble Bubble

Impressively informed comedy comment on ideas of nationalism and national identity, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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).

Andrew Maxwell: Hubble Bubble

  • 4 stars

Brett Vincent for Get Comedy Award nominee and star of the Edinburgh Fringe, Andrew Maxwell returns for just 12 shows, with a fantastic new hour of mischievous charm and boundary-nudging wit. As seen on BBC’s Live at The Apollo, Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, ITV’s Celebrity Juice, RTE’s The Panel and so much…