EU directives as comedy material? Who knew? But it works and I would highly recommend it. I went on the first night so there were a couple of technical problems but Matthew's take on the EU, its stereotypes and surrealities, is witty and original. Highights are the cockney piano song and a Gilbert and Sullivan pastiche. Oh, and, by the end you will probably want to vote next week! Wit 5: Apathy 0.
The EU Explained
Wed Jul 16
Time Out says
Posted: Mon Jul 7 2014
Mr Perret – Lecturer in European Studies with a penchant for 'grimecore' rap – teachers his audience all about the EU in this comedy show-cum-PowerPoint presentation.
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This is obviously still a work in progress so there were a few teething problems when I came to see it last night; however I think it shows a lot of promise - funny but with something important to say. The genuine quotes from far right MEPs are jaw-dropping and the list of ways in which the EU has improved our lives I certainly knew nothing about! Once it gets more sure-footed this is definitely worth seeing.
Matthew beats Matthew. If you have loved his videos with A Word in Your Ear, enjoyed his performance on BBC radio's 'Do the right thing' and appreciated his appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, you just cannot miss Matthew's show on the EU. The added bonus is... it's just before European Elections and may actually help you make up your mind. So, hop, hop, book your tickets!!!
Who'd have thought the EU institutions could provide material for such comedy gems! I saw the 'work in progress' phase of this show, and it was already a well-crafted satirical journey through language, politics and philosophy...well worth a night out!
I was lucky enough to attend part of this show - it is a work in progress - and it was hilarious, witty and I actually learned things!! Do check this out if you feel like learning about the EU in an unexpected way and have a great time!
Sorry to say but this is a really poor show and it certainly doesn't explain the EU (with or without humour).
And now I've seen it, it's very hard to believe the other three reviews here (which tempted me to go) are genuine.
Matthew has a handful of good jokes but only enough for a 5 minute open spot which you would see for free, not the clunky 60-minute show he's performing here at the cost of £7.50 a ticket. His material is disjointed and is often delivered so quickly it doesn't make sense at all. There are numerous songs where the re-written lyrics simply don't fit the original tune they're supposed to. The PowerPoint presentation (which led me to hope for a Dave Gorman type show) is peripheral and failed to work at various crucial moments. There's no narrative, you don't learn much about the EU (except that the Daily Mail lies about it, which we all know). Matthew seems broadly pro-Europe and yet at one point portrays a crudely stereotyped German character called Matthias.
I could go on, but suffice it to say that there are many better ways to spend your money.