My Comedy Hero: Yianni Agisilaou on Trey Parker and Matt Stone

My Comedy Hero: Yianni Agisilaou on Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Ahead of two Fringe shows and a national tour, the comedian, writer and 'global clown' picks the South Park, Team America and Book of Mormon creators as his comic icons

You might think that touring a show called The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know would mean my comedy heroes must be Simpsons-related. And some are. But since The Simpsons is such a collaborative effort, who do you choose? Matt Groening, who conceived the show but has hardly written an episode? Conan O'Brien, author of classic episodes like 'Homer Goes to College' and 'Marge vs the Monorail'? John Swartzwelder, the Ron Swansonesque reclusive genius and record-holder for most episodes written (look up his self-published books, they're utterly laugh-out-loud hilarious)? The amazing voice talents: Sam Simon? Al Jean? George Meyer?

They're all incredible but if I have to nail it down, I choose satirical masters Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Their ability to reinvent South Park multiple times during its life (have you watched it recently? Admit it, you haven't. Rectify that and binge some *right now*!) and their eye for hypocrisy and ability to skewer both sides of a debate is rare: in the increasingly polarised world we live in, it's sorely needed. They are bold and brave and risk significant backlash from their targets ('Mom! Tom Cruise won't come out of the closet!'; pictures of Mohammed anyone?). And what else is there to say about their side projects such as Book of Mormon, BASEketball and Team America except 'fuck yeah!'

Finally the fact that episodes are made in six days (oh hamburgers!) means they're able to react to and satirise events pretty much in real time. They're ridiculously talented geniuses and I love them.

Yianni Agisilaou: The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know is on tour from 6 Sep–9 Dec. His Edinburgh Fringe show, Pockets Of Equality, is at Banshee Labyrinth, 5–27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 2pm, free. He also hosts Comedians Against Humanity at Subway, 5–26 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 7.30pm, free.

Comedians Against Humanity: Hosted by Yianni Agisilaou – Free

PBH's Free Fringe The underground hit of the Fringe returns to Edinburgh after sell-out shows in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Hosted by Yianni Agisilaou, audiences wielding cards from smash hit game Cards Against Humanity challenge guest comedians to create material on the spot. 'Mad, offensive… Utterly hilarious' ★★★…

Movement, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 25 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 26 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Yianni Agisilaou: Pockets of Equality

Yianni Agisilaou / PBH's Free Fringe Yianni accidentally wore his girlfriend’s jeans and discovered that when it comes to pockets, women are far from equal. A funny show about men, women and society's double standards. Nominated: Best Comedy, Perth Fringe 2017. 'Stunningly good’ ★★★★ (Scotsman). ‘A brilliant show and a…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 25 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 26 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 27 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

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