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Venue:The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate Edinburgh EH1 1JS
Phone: 0131 622 6802
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Wee Room
AUG 4-27 at 23:10 (60 min)
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In his Edinburgh Fringe debut solo show, exciting and troubled comedian Stoph Demetriou attempts to educate the audience on why some people are too useless to realise how useless they are, while his paranoia and confidence have their own ideas...

Stoph has always been told that “comedy isn’t about being funny, it’s about being clever”. In his research for his Edinburgh Fringe debut, he stumbled upon The Dunning-Kruger effect, and thought it would be the perfect topic for his show. In this multi-layered hour Stoph battles with his own confidence and paranoia and his feelings about people’s perception of him.

Could it be that he himself has overestimated his abilities by committing to delivering an hour long set? Let’s hope not for everyone’s sakes.

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August 26, 2017  Arts Fringes
Based on real-life

Stoph Demetriou’s show The Dunning-Kruger Effect presents a real-life theory (see this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning–Kruger_effect) which hypothesises that incompetent people are likely to overestimate their own competence.

He extends this further, by impersonating two sides of his cognitive functioning: Paranoia and Confidence, both of whom are seemingly waged in an internal battle à la a devout Catholic’s perceptions of God to the left and Satan to the right. As with much of the show, they are presented on a video screen, with Stoph narrating via his live stand-up act.

Some parts of the show present real-life examples supporting the hypothesis such as Liam Fox, Donald Trump (who, quite understandably, is being lampooned in a large proportion of acts this year) and those people who keep claiming “I’m not a racist, but…”. Others go for various comic skits such as a Miami Vice-style ‘80s cop show called “Law of the Land”, a jibe at that old “Diet Coke break advert” which was on TV and an Oyster card checking machine that keeps swearing at him.

Free show

It is often the case that shows which are part of the Free Fringe are free for a reason. On the other hand, it has also played host to some excellent ones. Thankfully, Stoph’s show falls far closer to the latter camp than the former. It’s a remarkably well-presented and mirth-inducing affair with some great gags and a solid helping of on-the-button satire.

A couple of the sketches do drag a little, but on the whole, Stoph is definitely one of the better acts I have seen this year - paid or not. A word of warning: the venue he is playing in (The Wee Room in The Three Sisters bar complex) is aptly-titled. Be sure to get there early to have a chance of squeezing in! Click Here

August 8, 2017  The List
Zeitgeisty exploration of an all-too recognisable condition

The Dunning-Kruger Effect is when a person's confidence in their own ability far outweighs their actual ability and Stoph Demetriou plans to explore it in a riot of short films and oddball stand-up. Luckily our act does have genuine talent so he's not likely to stumble into a snarky bad review about the undeserved faith in his own ability.

Demetriou's particular skill lies in the plethora of films he's created to punctuate the show such as meetings with his ambivalent agent and a spoof TV detective drama. Meanwhile, manifestations of his paranoia and confidence fight it out on screen for dominance.

The show is a bit loose at the seams in places with the straight stand-up sections a touch uncertain, but this free-wheeling chaos is part of its charm. There are a fair amount of solid gags, including some nicely ridiculous moments, like the Diet Coke break and Demetriou's problems with abusive London public transport. Overall, there are uniting threads as the show encompasses zeitgeisty themes, given that Trump certainly seems to suffer from the condition and its sister symptom of distrusting expertise. Click Here

August 8, 2017  Voice
Tucked away in one of the many rooms at the Three Sisters, Stoph Demetriou brings his crazy humour to the Fringe in this whirlwind of a show. His relentless energy and willingness to do a wide range of bizarre things makes for an exciting and amusing hour.
Focusing on the Dunning-Kruger effect, which is when incompetent people overestimate their skill, Demetriou explores the nature of our minds and how both paranoia and confidence can be good for us. His show is informative without seeming like a lecture, and he is quick to mock any seriousness before it can negatively affect the positive mood in the room. The show is therefore both interesting and funny, and Demetriou balances these two sides of it well.
Demetriou uses video effectively, with a significant portion of the show dedicated to amusing cop-show spoofs and the conflicts between personifications of his paranoia and confidence. The videos are well-filmed and edited, lively and colourful, and are wonderfully humorous, although at times I felt they went on for slightly too long and specific jokes were milked until they weren't quite as funny any more. Overall, however, the show's script is well-written and flows reasonably smoothly, and the energetic pace lulls only rarely.
The slightly stranger aspects of the show include Demetriou stripping down to a leopard-print thong and pouring Diet Coke over himself, and an appearance of his very cool, hip, comedy rival TJ (also played by him). While some gags fell flat, he bounced back well and kept the audience engaged. His earnest, frantic nature is endearing, but partly arises from the fact that the show is still unpolished and a little all over the place. That said, the more ridiculous it got the funnier I found it, and by the end I'd had a good laugh. Definitely a fun way to end the day! Click Here

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