Pierre Novellie gives us an entertaining history lesson at this year’s Fringe.

Novellie embarks on a cultural journey with his latest show, which features long, drawn out jokes that are a hit or miss when they eventually reach the punch line. Growing up as a white South African and moving to the Isle of Mann, Novellie’s upbringing makes for some unusual yet quirky material. He goes on to treat the audience to a lesson on Vikings, which becomes more concerned with historical accuracy than comedic effect. Although interesting and thoroughly entertaining, Novellie’s stories are more like histories, and seldom become more than amusing.

However, as his set progresses and he ventures into more relatable territory, we get a glimpse of the standup’s charming and charismatic side, with sharper and snappier jokes that leave the audience in fits of laughter.

Words: Nastassia Sutherland

Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter, Pleasance Courtyard, 8-30 August (not 18), 9.30pm

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