Fringe 2017: Science Idiot

Ruth Hunter at one point tells us that we may have been expecting a comedy show, but instead bore witness to her existential breakdown. In reality, it was both, and both were done very well.

Hunter delivers her jokes in deadpan fashion, assisted with her home-made diagrams (not to scale) and graphs. She asks of us to consider how can we learn about what differentiates individual people, and applies theories in quantum mechanics to think about how we view our world.

While Hunter at one point asks us not to notice her gender, it is difficult in this post-Waking The Feminists world to ignore the lack of female comedians and by virtue realise how talented she is in making us laugh.

Looking at the passage through time and dealing with her own mortality, Hunter introduces us to the science of time, the fact that it is not linear as once thought, and twists the theories in ways that the audience can relate to. While she contemplates whether or not she is a millennial, it is clear how fitting her humour is for our “lost generation” as the media refers to the mid-twenties to early thirties generation who was led to believe they could be aspirational until the economic crisis happened.

With mentions of living in her Aunt’s shed, her diminishing fertility and working to support her stand up, Hunter is forever relatable and never overly self-deprecating – a fine line that many comedians tread over to the point of great annoyance.

Poking fun at gender inequality, Hunter plays a game with us and points out how recent the stereotypes were actively and blatantly perpetuated in the mainstream.

A voice of her generation, she has the charisma to hold the audience’s attention for an hour and is thought provoking on a range of subjects from the multiverse to her ovaries and moths.

Runs in the International Bar until 23rd September

by Siofra NicLiam

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