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Gordon Southern A Brief History of History (United Kingdom)

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Gordon Southern A Brief History of History (UK)

Winner Best Comedy 2022 Adelaide Fringe 

Gordon was a bit of a nerd at school and he's delighted to inform you he's had a relapse. In this fast-paced, hilariously wonky history lecture he tries to tell the entire history of the world in 56 minutes, with jokes and no omissions – or refunds.

Think QI meets Horrible Histories, with music, slide shows and a wonky tie. A total sell out at it's Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut in 2012 the show was last performed in 2014 receiving Best Comedy nominations in Edinburgh, Perth and NZ along the way. 

The updated version has already astonished, amused and informed in a site-specific special at The Museum of South Australia in 2023 and Gordon has been deep diving into the past to cram more jokes and facts into this already. 

The history of A Brief History of History...

The show was inspired by an illuminating and zealous chat from QI producer John Lloyd. Way back in 2003, Series 1 Episode 1. Gordon was the audience warm up for several seasons and took on board Lloyd's commendable commitment to making hilarious shows that were also educational and, well... Quite interesting.

'This lesson is a hell of a ride and never has learning about history been so much fun.' Stuff (NZ)

'Southern presents a breezy, bright and exuberant show that zips along, utterly engaging the audience and educating them in a wonderful and manic hour of comedy.' The Punch

'This is an awe inspiring hour of historical hysteria... a comedy festival gem!' Keeping up with the Grid

★★★★★ Broadway Baby (UK)

★★★★½ Adelaide Advertiser

★★★★½ The West Australian  

★★★★ Herald Sun

★★★★ Chortle (UK)

'Fresh and relatable... provides audiences with plenty of laughter, astoundment and unavoidable smiles.' Adelaide Advertiser 

'Southern may be one of the most talented comedians on tour at the moment.' The West Australian

'Joy personified.' Herald Sun  

Trophy cabinet...

Nominee Best International Act New Zealand Comedy Guild 2014

Nominee Best Comedy 2014, 2015 & 2020 Perth FRINGE WORLD

Nominee Best International Act 2012 NA International Comedy Festival

Nominee Amused Moose Laughter Award for Best Show 2012

Time Out UK Comedy Award Winner

Nominee Best Comedy Performance 2014 Time Out Awards Dubai

Suitable for audiences 13+

This show contains: Mild language, References to or simulation of violence.


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