Friday 10 August 2012 | By

ED2012 Comedy Review: Gordon Southern’s A Brief History Of History (Gordon Southern)

ED2012 3/5 Reviews ED2012 Comedy Reviews

It was a momentous year, 1989. The Berlin Wall came down, and suitcases on wheels were invented. The two events probably weren’t connected, but that doesn’t hinder Gordon Southern. The teacher you wish you’d had (as long as you weren’t relying on decent grades), he rattles through this, and virtually every other significant year in history, aided only by a projector and, occasionally, bizarrely entertaining raps. One of Southern’s strengths is that he pitches his references at a broad crowd: young and old, highbrow and lowbrow are all catered for. The downside of this is that parts of his audience can get lost in places – but then, what teacher ever held an entire class’s attention?

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-26 Aug (not 8), times vary.
tw rating 3/5 | [Sarah Richardson]


  • Edinburgh Fringe kicks off today (unofficially speaking)
  • Nadia Brooks: Speaking about the words
  • Izzard to lead multinational comedy gala
  • 3 To See ED2014: Storytelling theatre shows
  • Natasha Gilmore: Alternative perspectives
  • Chris Turner: Standing up, not digging down