Dan Antopolski's surreal won him the BBC New Comedy Award in 1998 as well as Perrier Award nomination in 2001. Dan has performed at the usual comedy clubs as well as international comedy festivals, with appearances at Montreal, Melbourne and New York.
And as an actor, Dan has starred in the BBC Two sci-fi spoof Hyperdrive as technical officer Jeffers and appeared in the Da Vinci Code movie as Jesus
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Dan Antopolski: Turn Of The Century
Dan Antopolski has been coming to the Fringe, on and off, for a decade, and rarely does he tinker with the formula. Again he offers silly gags Ė some inspired, some cheesy Ė broken up with a few bits of comic business to vary the pace. Itís frequently very funny, often groansome, but while it can be an entertaining performance, it is ultimately too fragmented in style and uneven in quality to warrant must-see status.
There are daft prop gags, surreal imaginings, musical interludes that are witty but donít really zing, and a brilliant reinterpretation of the Maisy Mouse books, revealing their bleak adult subtext. He won the semi-arbitrary joke of the festival accolade last year, and while he didnít trouble the charts this time around, this hour features the usual generous serving of tortured, sometimes very obtuse, wordplay, to mixed effect.
He injects a tiny bit of real life in here and there, talking about his two toddler daughters Ė hence the Maisy obsession Ė but really, when it comes to shows about nothing, this makes Seinfeld look like an Open University broadcast.
He lets his writing cover all the silliness, and delivers the material with relaxed confidence, but little apparent effort, grinning cheekily when the gags work, and dismissing the clunkers that donít with a self-deprecatory shrug to let us know that none of this really matters, itís all just stupid anyway.
And that, essentially, is the main shortcoming; itís disposable comedy that gives you a brief feelgood hit, but doesnít really fill you up.
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Paramount Comedy Presents Edinburgh and Beyond
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