Jessica Fostekew sure does have a way with words. And in fact, she returns to Edinburgh this year with a show exploring and analysing the etymology of words and phrases. I know what you’re thinking: this doesn’t sound like a fun hour of laughs. But rest assured, Fostekew delivers her lesson with wit and well-honed comedic talent. Her confident stage presence immediately puts the audience at ease as she takes us through a school day, from assembly to history to the end of school talent show, exploring the origins and meanings of a whole range of words and expressions. Even a mid-performance power-cut couldn’t disrupt this tour de force. This is stand-up with an educational twist. A+.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-26 Aug (not 14), 6.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Simon Thornton]