Review: Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight at Gilded Balloon at the Museum
5★★★★★

Robin Ince is probably most commonly known for his BBC radio comedy science show, The Infinite Monkey Cage, where he presents alongside popular physicist, Brian Cox.

But this year he returns to the live stage, bringing new show Chaos of Delight to the Fringe. This highbrow comedy sketch may appeal to a more niche kind of audience but Ince’s erratic nature manages to fill the time with a rapid barrage of smart, witty humour making it utterly enjoyable throughout.

It can be almost hard to keep up with the show as Ince blasts through artists and ideas, all of which are incorporated into his comedy. The show also looks at the changing attitudes of generations through anecdotes of Ince’s relationship with his father and son, his father growing more left-wing with age as he begins reading the Guardian, his 7-year-old son, Archie, unquestioning in the face of ideologies new to this world. These segments were hilarious as well as touching. Ince also performs some poetry, which didn’t add much to the comedy value but it did diversify the show as well as reel in the fast-pace while adding some sentimental value. 

The entire audience left in great spirits as Ince provided a beautiful and refreshing perspective to accompany his brilliant comedy. He encourages the audience to capture the present in our memories, not just on our memory cards and to focus on the moments that will become our fondest memories in the future.  No comedy show in this year’s Fringe has left an impression quite like this one has.

Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight at Gilded Balloon at the Museum, until 26 Aug, 1.30pm

 

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