Armed with an arsenal of fun facts - and indeed not-so-fun facts - British comic Gordon Southern embarks upon an ambitious and all-encompassing dissection of history. Southern’s presentation not only packs a punch, but it’s devilishly funny and even stays the course in its pursuit of education, all inside of one hour. Whichever way you slice it, A Brief History of History is mighty impressive.
The super-enthusiastic Southern, though understandably rushed, never once degenerates into a reckless lecturer frivolous with fact. Instead, A Brief History of History is genuinely informative, with meticulous research and careful consideration driving the show as much as Southern's stage-intensity. Essentially, the show is Horrible Histories on crack - and yes, that is as amazing as it sounds.
Southern assumes the role of hip high school teacher, a series of powerpoint slides and a penchant for freestyle-rap firmly entrenched in his bag of tricks. Aside from the latent, technical ingenuity of his presentation, Southern’s energy and excitement are infectious, doing well to enthral the audience from the outset. It’s difficult not to get caught up in Southern’s frenzied execution.
Ultimately, this is one hell of a history lesson, continually fun and indeed funny at every turn. Its lessons conducted breakneck speed, A Brief History of History is exhilarating, Southern's biting wit and historical satire ensuring a hilarious experience.