Igor Meerson: Hou I lernt inglish

Igor Meerson: Hou I lernt inglish. Igor Meerson. Copyright: Universal Pictures.

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Stand-up show starring Igor Meerson performed on the following days in August 2014...

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Edinburgh Festival's first Russian stand-up ever. Igor ruins the stereotypes about Russia and discovers stereotypes about Britain and the West. Igor tells about his childhood in the Soviet Union, life in modern Russia and internationally. One of GQ's 'Five new faces of Russian humour' - don't miss the chance to see the Yuri Gagarin of Russian Comedy! 'Meerson is a wonderful comedian. He is the wise and funny Grandmother you always wanted. And he can shrug using only his face. Go see him or he will find you and complain. Bring soup' (Dylan Moran).

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The comedy scene in Russia has traditionally focussed on comedy troupes - the stand-up scene and solo performers is new, but growing.

In 2012 Dylan Moran became the first English speaking comic to perform stand-up in Russia and was followed a year later by Eddie Izzard.

Now, in the next stage of this foreign exchange programme, Moran is backing this Russian comic as he makes the same trip in reverse and brings his first solo show in the UK to the Fringe.

After performing several times in the UK, Igor said "I found that Russian jokes aren't funny when they are translated in the literal sense into English, due to the different language structure. So I decided to specifically write jokes in English."

The Edinburgh Festival's first ever Russian stand-up, plans to ruin the stereotypes about Russia and discover stereotypes about Britain and the West, as he talks about his childhood in the Soviet Union, life in modern Russia and life internationally.

Igor is a comedian and writer and producer of Central Microphone (the first ever Russian Stand-up TV show, showcasing talent from Russia, Former Soviet Republics, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, Denmark, the USA, Sweden and many other countries) and Leningrad Stand-Up Club (presenting the talent of five Russian comedians who will competed for the title of the best comedian and the grand prize - a gig broadcast on the Russian STS channel.) Igor is also a screenwriter and credits include hit Russian films Yolki 2 and Yolki 3 which were both successfully screened in the UK.

One of GQ's "Five new faces of Russian humour' - don't miss the chance to see the Yuri Gagarin of Russian Comedy!