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This blog mainly contains reviews from the Edinburgh Festivals from 2008 to 2010 which I wrote for the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. These reviews cover everything from comedy to contemporary dance; children's theatre to Handel.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Michael Fabbri – Dumbing Up Review

Michael Fabbri – Dumbing Up

Special School, hats on jam jars and sneezing during oral sex: Fabbri’s material is a lot of things, but it is not intelligent. This is one of the main ideas in a show exploring stupidity. Why is it, for example, someone saying they’ve travelled to an exotic place (preferably in the ‘East’ and with Buddhism as a state religion) makes them automatically more intelligent? ‘I feel climate change is one of the most important issues of the 21st century – I should know I’ve seen a puddle in Nepal.’

Michael Fabbri, as he highlights, is not intelligent. How, I wonder, can a grown man accidentally put Shreddies into a washing machine instead of washing powder? Is the situation in the Middle East so confused that all wars should be stopped – and then restarted – for simplicity? Is going to your granny’s party dressed as Harold Shipman really a good move?

Despite a life of moronic behaviour Fabbri’s material and delivery are both fairly sound. Although not a lot sets him apparent from many other 20/30 something T-shirt clad stand-ups, one does get the impression this is a comedian who could definitely hone his style and rise in popularity.

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