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Venue:Cabaret Voltaire, 36-38 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 247 4704
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Cinema Room
AUG 2-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26 at 14:10 (50 min)
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"Cold as Icelandic" is an internationally themed standup comedy show from a single guy in his late twenties who has spent most of his life living out of a suitcase. Having always been an outsider, both in foreign countries and at home - Helgi Steinar has had the privilege of observing the norms and extremities of society and properly placed them into observational comedy. Armed only with a bit of wit and drunken cynicism, he takes on the establishment, political gridlock, marriage, nationalism and other traditions that are - for lack of a better term - hilarious.

After growing up in America, attending university in China and working as a tour guide in Scotland - Helgi Steinar has comedically analyzed the world as well as his potential future possibilities. The country of his childhood is being traumatized by an insane man-child in the White House who also won't let him move back to Asia because he keeps threatening to blow it up. His home country of Iceland keeps voting for the same people who crashed the economy and the volcanoes around it seem to have a never-ending vendetta against international air travel.

With all this fun around the world, what better time than to laugh at it all, and to Helgi, nothing is sacred - the politics, the Björk, the international stereotypes. This 60-minute standup comedy show is full of honesty, ridicule, international anecdotes and hopes to leave audiences wondering whether the grass is truly greener on the other side or whether the other side is just an ice-cold tundra like the one this comedian hails from.

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August 7, 2018  The List
Recalling strange gigs and dishing out curious perspectives
Is there anywhere this Icelandic comedian hasn't been? Is there a language he can't speak or an accent he won't try? Helgi Steinar is certainly a multi-talented and multi-faceted comic and all of this travel has provided him with a considerable amount of perspective. Living for many years in Minnesota, he can see the many issues with America, and he's rejected staying at home to marry a cousin in favour of touring with stand-up. Steinar has certainly had some odd audiences: he once played a Chinese-speaking comedy set in a hotel room belonging to two roaring drunk Aussies. You can't top that for a tough gig.

A big advocate of thinking for yourself, his outsider perspective makes for plenty of out-of-the-box ideas as he offers his views on marriage (including a great analogy for giving away the bride) and an interesting and possibly workable idea for world peace.

This short show (he has his friend Thor provide a bit of support with an admirable ten minutes at the top) feels like Steinar is just dipping his toe into the Fringe this year. Nothing wrong with that, but it would be great to see him try a full hour and get properly stuck in. Click Here

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