Tobias Persson: One Thing Led to a Mother (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

*4one Thing Led To A Mother

Easy going and accessible Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy show about IVF

Tobias Persson has worked the stand-up circuit in his native Sweden for many years and One Thing Led to a Mother marks his fifth year doing comedy in English. He rattles through a sharp, fast paced homage to Swedish stereotypes in the opening ten minutes riffing on Nordic noir, Scandinavian porn and the ridiculous fairness of the Swedish social model.

However the main thrust of his Fringe show is IVF which Persson and his wife turned to to conceive. Obviously if you happen to have been through the process you would find even more to relate too, but regardless he makes it completely accessible, cutting through the clinical terminology and humanising the process. IVF is also the perfect springboard to launch into talking about sex, parenthood and advances in science.

Persson's easy going approachable style, added to the personal nature of his story, makes for an upbeat life affirming show. Don't worry about it being too tame though: there's a liberal amount of swearing and some cheeky sex gags (after all IVF seems to involve lots of wanking into test tubes). And you have to admire any comedian that performs a lounge number that rhymes 'Master Chef' with 'IVF'.

The Stand, 558 7272, until 24 Aug (not 11), 10.30pm, £7–£8 (£6–£7).

Tobias Persson: One Thing Led To A Mother

  • 3 stars

Stand-up comedy show based on five years of IVF treatment.