Camden Fringe: Professor Bennison's Life of Pi

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Former maths teacher James Bennison tries to extract as many jokes as possible from numbers and equations as he presents his maths-themed stand-up show.

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James Bennison's Life of Pi brings together the niche field of mathematical punnery and self-aware awkwardness and delivers a performance to the standard of what the Big Bang Theory should be. 

Bennison's does an excellent job of dishing up both consciously-poor puns along with marvelously intelligent ones, making the audience connect with their former GCSE failures as well as laugh away their own ineptitude in understanding why you can't cross a vector and a scaler. Using the puns as a bookmark, Bennison's comedy revels in 'smart-is-the-new-sexy' and is a thoroughly enjoyable show. 

As he takes you through various topics in his certificate of mathematical education, the audience learn zilch about maths but a lot about Bennison's ability to make comical links between topics of observation and algebra, making for appropriately awkward comedy. 

I highly recommend watching Professor Bennison's Life of Pi.