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THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN ROMANIAN

Comedy

Venue:The Mockingbird, 72-74 Newington Road Edinburgh EH9 1QN
Phone: 0131 466 2041
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Upstairs
AUG 2-26 at 19:45 (60 min)
 
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Is Victor the future of stand up comedy? The following the talk of the town, as said by comedians:
“in my top 2 favourite Romanian comics” Ric Wharton
“a delightful burp of art” Jack Brooks
“refreshing look at the world” Avril Poole
“one of the most original” LJ Da Funk
“shocking, surprising and sexy” Sally Firth
“genuine and warm storyteller” Les Connely
“he'll quit comedy next year, you should see him now” Radu Isac
“intelligently stupid stand up” Susie Steed
“often hilarious and always fearless” Matt Hutchinson
“i like his jokes most of the time” Luke Capaso
“wacky, funny and delightfully foreign” Tom Saint-Leger
“hilarious questions, confusing jokes” Tom Ward
“charming and inventive” Michael Hill
“bizarrely fantastical obscure sexiness” Jake Pickford
“comedy that could get him an award, but not a shag” Natalie Allison
“sharp, clever and hugely talented” Pol Penter
“Nicolae Ceauşescu on Ritalin” Andy King
“terrible person, funny comedian” Loose Brie
“the best kind of slightly uncomfortable” Angus Dunican
“witty dark perceptive brilliant” Ali Woods
“glides effortlessly from the surreal to the sublime” Mo Saffaf
“his photos are good” Huge Davies
“funny and unique observational comedian” Jim Grant
“funny like a masculine flower opening up its world to us!” Aideen Mcqueen
“best immigration material I've heard” Rebecca Shortall
“very smart and funny jokes” Gatis Kandis
“brilliantly absurd foolishness” Daniel Baker
“bloody Romanians, coming over here” Konstantin Kisin
“Andy Kaufman-like obscurity” Sezar Alkassab
“Great Arse” Matty Clowes
“marshmallow flavour” Kit Sullivan
“best dick/ceiling jokes around” Saskia Preston
“you won't be bored” John Meagher
“childlike grasp of the English accent” Patrick Mccabe
“deserves a quote from a comedian much better than me” Jack Barry
“induces unabashed belly laughter” Robbie Fox
“magnificent jokes, seamless trousers” Brandon Craig
“some would say twisted” Dave Black
“a very strange man” Andy Storey
“would trust him with kids” Faye Treacy
“’Bill Hicks meets Borat’ might be a bit presumptuous” Joe Grant
“super-unpredictable and very funny” David Lewis
“hilarious, inquisitive and intriguing comic brain” Joe Jacobs
“enjoyable acerbic outsider” Rick Kiesewetter
“one of the nice guys” Oh! Standfast
“the reason I voted leave” Calum Ross
“unique comic mind” Jake Baker
“like getting high with your best mate” David Mills
“great eye for comedy” James Loveridge
“probably funnier than that other Romanian comedian” Pete Bazely
“Not Wiser Than You Think” David Gersch
“Has never offended me with his comedy! So I like him” Athena Kugblenu
“certainly some good bits” Ashley Haden
“I've not seen him for years... is he still peculiar?” Steve Mclean
“head scratching, nail biting, comedy chaos” Chris Timoney
“encapsulating inquisitive nature” Rob Copland
“thought-provoking rambling” Patrick Brusnahan
“like a philosopher with jokes” Kavi Appadoo
“haven't the foggiest” Ian Lane
“pretty 'woke' and very dry” Harriet Braine
“like a log flume in a theatre” Declan Kennedy
“mind bending whimsy” Geoff Steel
“investigative, honest and very funny” Simon Stanley
“would pay to see him” Greg Simpson
“still a boy not yet a man” Lubo
“controversial sharp ruthless sweetheart” Chester Constable
“singular comedic voice” Chris Betts
“Unbelievable” Dangerous T
“surprising, utterly huggable” Sasha Ellen
“Savvy” Mel Knight
“champion of the silly musing” Joseph Murphy
“puts the 'king' in ‘free thinking’” Jonathan Hearn
“very clever, likeable and hilarious” Heidi Regan
“dark and funny” Matt Winning
“was actually funny that one time" Matt Smith
“comedy's Henri Leconte” Nathan Cassidy
“astute with such misleading charm” Rosie Holt
“unique voice” Don Biswas
“Victor's got game” Jonny Gillam
“exciting and horrifying” Matt Duwell
“quite big balls” Dave Green
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News and Reviews for this Show

August 24, 2018  The List
Comedian Victor Patrascan wants to break down the barriers between us and accept that there is no race but the human race. In The Trouble With Being Born Romanian, he explains that he's only considered 'Romanian' in Edinburgh whereas in his homeland he's just 'a guy', while in London he's erroneously labelled as 'Polish'. None of these designations mean anything to Patrascan, who just wants to get along with his fellow citizens.

Filtering the absurdity of racism through astute observations and anecdotes, he's an engaging comedian with some nicely drawn analogies. He often comes across as over-earnest which actually makes his material funnier, and he softens many of his gags with a cheeky smile, a ploy he uses to gain approval when his stories occasionally venture into edgier territory. Patrascan says he learned English late in his relatively young life and is still trying to understand its various complexities, but he has a firm grasp of vernacular and vividly demonstrates how the language's myriad rules both fascinate and bewilder him.

He also brings an interesting international perspective to political matters such as Brexit, Trump and Tommy Robinson, who he skewers with a crowd-pleasing punchline. Not everything hits the mark, particularly a joke about Madeleine McCann that's a decade late and set in the wrong country. Its uneasy reception suggests he's testing the goodwill of the crowd. 'You took a chance on a Romanian speaking broken English,' he says, delighted at the respectable crowd who've gathered to see him. With such a strong command of his material (and his secondary language) it seems the gamble paid off. Click Here

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