Working on the theory that we choose our Edinburgh shows from those least likely to make it to our home town of Northampton, next up is one of those fascinating gigs that only Edinburgh can offer. Or maybe Rejkjavik, as it’s Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic at Banana Skin (Basement) @ Heroes @ Monkey Barrel at 13:40 on Saturday 26th. Let’s read the blurb: “Ari Eldjárn is Iceland’s biggest stand-up comedian. Born and raised in Reykjavík, he debuted as a stand up comic in 2009 with his local comedy group Mið-Ísland, which is the highest selling stand-up act of all time in Iceland. He has done numerous TV specials, performed with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and opened up for Ari Shaffir, Bill Burr and Ed Byrne. Pardon my Icelandic is his Edinburgh debut. ‘Very talented comic. An Icelandic treat’ (Jim Gaffigan).”
An Icelandic comedian, who’d have thought it? Well even Icelanders have to laugh sometimes. I’ve seen some of his Youtube routines and they’re very funny. Check back around 3 pm to see if he was as bright as a puffin or as foul as buried cod. By then the next preview blog should be available to read too.
That was great. Because his material is so different from most of the other comedians we have seen, he really stood out. I loved all the stuff about language differences, Nordic racial stereotypes, and I’ve never heard such a convincing impersonation of an erratic warm air hand dryer. Extremely funny!