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Venue:Espionage, 4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate) Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Phone: 0131 4777 007
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Party
AUG 2-13, 15-26 at 12:30 (60 min)
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From the age of sieges and chivalry comes a show about Medieval love, adrenaline junkies and an insane quest for glory. Join comedian and archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity as he explains how modern life could be so much better if we all take a moment and learn how to attack a castle.

From the host of the Ask an Archaeologist podcast and live show comes another hour of hysterical historical fun.

Praise for ‘Ask an Archaeologist’ live show

Sitting in a cosy room in the Cabaret Voltaire, McGarrity creates an environment different to most stand up shows. Everyone who arrives is greeted, and McGarrity too takes a seat, making it feel more like a little chat over a coffee rather than a stand up gig. The material of the show lends itself well to this atmosphere and the interaction with the audience is eased by the casual mood. McGarrity’s show is pretty well named – jokes are thrown out at pace, with almost no break in the laughter – but otherwise it’s a really interesting conversation between the audience and him about archaeology.

McGarrity tells us that he always gets asked the same, often stupid, questions and then invites us to ask him some. Some brave souls ventured a query or two and a dialogue was opened, chock full of laughs but also some very interesting observations and facts about archaeology. As a history grad it very much appealed to the hidden ye olde’ times geek inside me.

I couldn’t help just really liking this guy, his style and everything he had to say. Unlike a few comedians, every time he strayed into the taboo it felt justified and genuinely funny, rather than just for the sake of being offensive. The hour seemed to fly-by and I felt myself really wanting to stay and hear more. McGarrity’s show relies on audience interaction, so it’s no shock he’s a master at handling it and every riff with an audience member, for example the woman knitting in the far corner, was hilarious and clever in equal measure.
A more pleasant way to pass an hour could scarcely be found. Head to Ask an Archaeologist tomorrow to learn something and have a laugh while doing it.- Broadwaybaby

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