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Magnus Betnér: Cum all ye Faithful!
The most successful comedian in Scandinavia with numerous TV-specials and sold-out tours playing concert halls in Sweden, Norway and Finland accepts The Stand's invitation to play Edinburgh. See for yourself why so many of us in the UK compare him to both the late Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce.
This hard-punching showman offers an edgy style of controversial and hard-hitting satire, dissecting topics such as man's need to go to war, the temptation of necrophilia, In God We Trust and life after death! Oh and not forgetting John Bercow.
Magnus Betner: Cum All Ye Faithful
At first glance Swedish comic Magnus Betner appears to be a bit of a misanthrope. But like infamous American comedic grump Doug Stanhope, although Betner seem to have an issue with the world in actual fact most of what he says is from a pretty liberal perspective. An advocate of freedom of speech and civil liberties for all, you can’t help but feel that those who find his shtick controversial haven’t really been listening.
There’s no doubt he has strong views on most topics and is unafraid to issue forth with them with unerring frankness; there’s no pussy-footing around or sugar coating here. His use of English (his second language of course) is forthright to say the least - god is described simply as ‘an asshole’. It’s provocative and he doesn’t seem to care if he offends but then if you’re taking on board a lot of what he says he talks a whole lot of sense.
There’s some logical atheist theorising about god or rather the lack of ‘Him’. He muses on the fact that you can’t smack kids yet it’s perfectly acceptable to circumcise your son before he’s old enough to make his own decision. He’s a feminist too, as he notes himself, discussing the nature versus nurture debate when bringing up girls and boys. In regard to sexuality it makes no sense to him how men can find anal sex with a man an abhorrent idea yet spend time and energy pursuing it with woman. Then, rather than uncharitably lampooning fat people as many comedians do , he celebrates them as fellow hedonists for refusing to put a cap on their enjoyment of food, advocating the view that you should have as much fun as you can in this short life.
Perhaps the only time he really touches on a topic that seems extreme is his tongue-in-cheek suggestion that ‘abortion’ is the answer for the more annoying under fives but then these are just gags after all. Plus he has five-year-old daughter, whom he declares he loves to pieces to soften the material.
Tonight Betner seemed to take a little while to get started, possibly as it’s late in the Fringe and he’s spent much of it pickling himself. As he points out in Sweden being drunk everyday for 15 years is considered alcoholism, in Scotland it’s just liking a drink. As well as a drink problem (or more than likely because it) he also touches on his depression, further flashing his sensitive side.
Overall, it’s easy to see why he’s equally a popular and controversial figure back in his native Sweden, and it can’t be long before he begins to break over here.
|Date of live review: Monday 30th Aug, '10|
Review by Marissa Burgess
Unfortunately this comedian’s politics are extremely clichéd and naïve. He cites statistics drawn from the Europol study on Terrorism 2011 in his show, saying that there is no justification for Islamophobia because there were only 3 Islamic terror attacks in that year. This is his evidence to rail against the right. What he doesn’t mention is that there were no right wing terrorist attacks in the EU for the same year and only one person was arrested for right wing terrorism. He fails to mention 179 Muslims were arrested for failed and/or foiled Islamists attacks in 2011 and considering the small percentage of Muslims in Europe this is a worrying percentage. Why were there so few Islamist attacks, well maybe following the 2004 Madrid train bombing, the 2005 7/7 and 20/7 attacks on London tubes, a number of transatlantic planned attacks, and car bombs in London and Glasgow the police have been on the alert and ploughed resources into preventing further attacks – which explains why so many Islamists are currently serving time in British jails. Maybe he should also define what Islamophobia means. The fact that 100% of 500 British Muslims interviewed in a 2009 said homosexuality was unacceptable – a study by a Muslim organisation - might mean understandably that gay Muslims are a little phobic/fearful of their own religion. Iqbal Sacranie said in 2005 95-98% of stop and searches were of Muslim people, hence demonstrating rampant British Islamophobia, the real figure was roughly 7% means. Islamophobia is a very misused term and Betner continues the trend. He has a similarly lax analysis of Assange, calling him ‘a pussy’ for not standing trial in Sweden, implying it is as simple as that. Perhaps he should listen to expert human rights lawyer Jeffery Robertson who says “Sweden has a government that bends to America’s will and has been found guilty of handing out special rendition at the request of the CIA: the Swedish justice system is amenable to government pressure, and Assange is much more vulnerable in Sweden than he is in the United Kingdom or Australia.” This Mr Betner might be the reason why Assange doesn’t want to stand trial in your homeland. More research please and less PC posturing.
A truly original and inspiring show. Don't expect belly laughs, but expect to be gripped and challenged by Magnus' refreshingly lucid view of the world. Not for the small-minded or easily offended.
Saw Cum All Ye Faithfull at the Edinburgh Fringe. This show is a must see, Magnus is an absolute genius