“I think he’s someone we’ll be seeing more of in the future,” announced the woman behind to her husband as the lights came up at the end of Dan Schreiber’s show. She’s most likely right. Schreiber’s debut hour at the Edinburgh Fringe is well structured, enjoyable and packed full of laughs.
There really isn’t a dull moment. While many comics on the circuit have honed their sets around their own personalities, love lives and embarrassing incidents, this sort of material only makes up about a quarter of Schreiber’s show. Instead we are offered an insight into the world he inhabits, one chock full of scientists, astronauts and unbelievable tales. A self-confessed nerd whose jobs include being aQIelf and curating and presenting Radio 4’sMuseum of Curiosity,Schreiber has an insatiable thirst which sees him consistently adding more and more amazing tidbits, surprising facts and unique stories to his portfolio of knowledge. Whether you’re interested in Brian Blessed’s career as a Yeti hunter, the potential extinction of pubic lice or what a night spent with conspiracy theorists might be like Schreiber’s done the ground work for you. Luckily for us, he’s just as good at imparting the information as he is at collecting it. He’s an affable guy, great at putting the room at ease, chatting happily to audience members in between tales.
There’s no ego to Schreiber. He seems genuinely in thrall to the people whose stories he’s sharing and his enthusiasm is catching. Schreiber has clearly found his audience. References toGame of Throneswere received appreciatively, nerds quickly identified themselves and the concept of libraries as a place for picking up women was met with a loud whoop. Really, however, it’s a fun show for pretty much anyone. Don’t worry, it’s not only about science and sci-fi, there are a couple of splendid penis jokes too. Dan Schreiber will go far even if it’s not, as he’d like, all the way to space. Although you never know.
Runs until 25th Aug