Stoph Demetriou - The Dunning-Kruger Effect (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Stoph Demetriou - The Dunning-Kruger Effect

Zeitgeisty exploration of an all-too recognisable condition

The Dunning-Kruger Effect is when a person's confidence in their own ability far outweighs their actual ability and Stoph Demetriou plans to explore it in a riot of short films and oddball stand-up. Luckily our act does have genuine talent so he's not likely to stumble into a snarky bad review about the undeserved faith in his own ability.

Demetriou's particular skill lies in the plethora of films he's created to punctuate the show such as meetings with his ambivalent agent and a spoof TV detective drama. Meanwhile, manifestations of his paranoia and confidence fight it out on screen for dominance.

The show is a bit loose at the seams in places with the straight stand-up sections a touch uncertain, but this free-wheeling chaos is part of its charm. There are a fair amount of solid gags, including some nicely ridiculous moments, like the Diet Coke break and Demetriou's problems with abusive London public transport. Overall, there are uniting threads as the show encompasses zeitgeisty themes, given that Trump certainly seems to suffer from the condition and its sister symptom of distrusting expertise.

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Stoph Demetriou: The Dunning-Kruger Effect

  • 3 stars

Stoph Demetriou Exciting and troubled comedian Stoph Demetriou struggles against his own uselessness to educate the audience on why some people are too useless to realise how useless they are. Meanwhile, his paranoia and confidence have their own ideas… Age category: 16+