NOT many come to the Edinburgh Fringe to watch a man go through a PowerPoint on climate change.
But then again, not many presentations are like Matt Winning’s.
Set at The Mash House in a room that resembles the upturned hull of a boat, the environmental economist and university lecturer confesses that he didn’t get the necessary time off work to perform at the Fringe, so this is essentially an extension of his day job.
After some early laughs at his pontifications on Boots Meal Deals and his name brilliantly being Doctor Winning, he launches into his all singing, all dancing presentation – with no cool animation effect spared.
Interspersed within his graphs and projections for the world’s impending doom are quickfire punchlines and clever wordplay that have the audience in stitches.
All throughout he’s making it personal with the story of his breakup and bitter quips about his former lover.
In the end it’s a perfect lecture.
It’s not boring and never comes across as preachy, even during the section lamenting Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
He clearly knows his subject well – after all it is his day job.
He’s funny throughout and creatively so, with his ‘technical troubles’ seamlessly gliding into brilliant jokes to keep the show going.
Winning’s addictive personality shines through in his love of Ban-Ki-Moon, his Toast Under Beans recipe and ‘the single best joke about greenhouse gases ever written’.
There’s even a gameshow built-in to the hour long show, with a can of beans for under that toast going to the winner.
Winning’s sharp wit and intelligence allows him to educate as he entertains in this excellent stand-up seminar.
A tale of a man struggling with a break up may in fact be the perfect metaphor for the troubles our world faces – as pessimistic as it sounds.
Only the brilliance of this Jekyll and Hyde in both comedy and academia could make such a prophecy of potential damnation this compelling.
A great show that’s worth checking out for a surprisingly fun overview of how we’re all doomed…
Just the Tonic at The Mash House, Until August 27, 5pm
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