Mark Steel's in Toon (4 stars)

An energetic comic gets exercised by British politics and Scottish history

Mark Steel's in Toon

In the wake of June's referendum, many Fringe stand-ups will make at least a fleeting reference to Brexit. Known for his left-wing politics, English comedian Mark Steel tackles the topic straight away, sympathising with the Scottish perspective. He lampoons Farage and football hooligans, not just with hilarious impressions but by celebrating the exact opposite of what they stand for: diversity, inclusivity and fun.

Kudos to any English comic who arrives north of the border to deliver a show covering our own history. Aided by photographs from his travels as well as gems found in newspapers and on websites, he illustrates the many idiosyncrasies and ridiculous elements of our nation with wit and humour. The east / west divide, the real Burns, and Paisley's bizarre solution for empty shops are all covered, inserting plenty of convincing Scots voices along the way and even an original comic poem or two.

Steel is an energetic performer, leaping wildly about the stage in various characters, vigorously damning modern technology and pretentious tea. This show is well worth the ticket price alone, just to hear his ingenious solution as to who should replace David Attenborough.

Assembly Hall, until 28 Aug (not 15), 9.30pm, £13–£14 (£12–£13).

Mark Steel's in Toon

  • 4 stars

Off The Kerb Productions The Sony Award winning BBC Radio 4 show, Mark Steel’s in Town, dares to come to Edinburgh and be rude, passionate, ridiculous, and hilarious about every area of Scotland, and hope to get away with it. Critically acclaimed star of BBC One's Have I Got News for You and BBC Radio 4's Mark Steel's…


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