John Robertson: A Nifty History of Evil (3 stars)

A hour of manic, horror-themed comedy storytelling at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2014.

Horror Comedy

John Robertson begins his routine with its own prequel, a whacked-out retelling of the universe’s creation. The Aussie stand-up then launches into several manic stories involving the Marquis de Sade, Rasputin and Filipino vampires during A Nifty History of Evil. There are plenty of good punchy gags but even with all the chucklesome swearing and blasphemy, it's not as edgy as Robertson imagines.

John Robertson: A Nifty History of Evil

  • 3 stars

FearCorp. It’s 3:30pm and the devil wants a chat about 2,000 years of humans, sinister elephants, Polynesian zombies and Mickey Mouse. Award-winning lunatic and word manipulator John Robertson, ‘a manic and quick-witted revelation’ (Scotsman), brings you the world, then kicks it. Get ready for the best bits of world…