Dan Schreiber: C*ckblocked from Outer Space
Lively and engaging hour of geek comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
The term ‘geek’ has enjoyed singular meanings in the past, such as a sideshow act involving biting the heads off chickens, which draw on its etymology as meaning ‘fool’. This flipped in the latter half of the 20th century, becoming a pejorative term for someone highly skilled to the point of obsession while lacking in social graces and the nebulous quality of ‘coolness’. Recently it seems everyone who has seen a Marvel film, played a video game from before the year 2000 or felt awkward at a party is claiming the geek tag.
This is Dan Schreiber’s shtick. Over a lively and engaging hour he enumerates the ways in which labelling himself a geek has helped him navigate the world. This topic takes him further than expected weaving fact, fiction, myth, apocrypha and conspiracy theory into a well-choreographed, autobiographical narrative that ends up having a stab at the importance of belief systems. And, yes, he does justify his awful show title, Cockblocked from Outer Space.
From the viewpoint that geekdom is a belief system, the show works. You wouldn’t necessarily expect Schreiber to be able to fix your computer, but the charismatic comedian can be relied upon to deliver a solid hour with enough trivia thrown in to keep you in dinner party chat for a long while.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 24 Aug, 5.40pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).