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Jigsaw - Edinburgh 2011
"Consistent only by their brilliance... Great to see three performers who have gained such acclaim
as individuals produce something of this quality together. One of the best sketch shows out."
Niger Asije, NEW CURRENT 2011
"A spectacular triumph... The writing is of top quality throughout. The show
moves at breakneck speed and is crammed with great ideas with sketches ranging
from witty to crude, surreal and silly; but they're almost always inventive
and clever. Everyone in the audience seems to enjoy the show, including a
chortling Daniel Kitson, whose high-pitched giggle punctuates the entirety
of the performance. If you don't trust my opinion, take his word for it and
go see Jigsaw."
"Once Jigsaw colonise the stage there is barely time for reflection. Their rampant, oft-surreal succession
of express but well-developed sketches showcases the lively chemistry and fluid choreography among our
comical troika, with a string of variously likeable and absurd characters."
"Sigh-inducingly satisfying... packed with gags... Their rapport is natural and infectious...
a very funny and consistently high-quality show. It's often silly, but the writing is very smart indeed."
"Jigsaw is a fantastic sketch supergroup... This powerful trio have put together a rather wonderful,
quickfire, surreal sketch show. The performances are great, the humour is off-kilter and
unpredictable with a rapid turnover of ideas... Fun!"
Jim Holland, LATEST SEVEN 2011
"A supergroup... they have made the transition into this new genre with aplomb...
the trio piece together a weird and unpredictable beast"
"A trio that fits perfectly together... Timing was impeccable with the performers barely
pausing for breath between scenes. Simultaneously adult and innocent, their ability to
bound between sketches gives the show its light childlike quality. Simple, energetic
fun. These three rule!"
Jigsaw is not just silly, but breathlessly so, combining the tireless energy of the
new with the experience of three intelligent performers who don't take themselves
too seriously. A rarer commodity in comedy than you might think... There's an unforced
chemistry to the writing as well as the performances... You might not
remember all the jokes but you leave with the sort of achey abdomen you got
after catching the giggles in school assembly. Few fringe hours pass quicker."
"Wow, Jigsaw is fast. This show must contain the highest sketch-to-minute ratio at the Fringe this
year. Effective and relentless in their construction of sketches... A confident and exciting mastery
of the form, producing some of the best belly laughs at this year's fringe. See it when you
think you've had enough of sketch comedy - trust me, you haven't."
Jorik Mol, FRINGE REVIEW 2011
"Insanely witty... These three didn't need much more than two stools to create a
great balance between a stand-up show and a sketch set. If you're tired of
watching people on stage try too hard, check out this show: these guys are
just naturally funny."
"More than 40 sketches packed into an hour... Jigsaw has the pleasing feeling of three comics throwing
all their best ideas at you - and the vast majority of it works. Formed recently, they've already got
the chemistry you want from a sketch group... This is light-hearted, gleeful comedy that delights in
its own informality... I'd be up for a second date because the time really flew by."
"Full-pelt sketch comedy from performers who radiate enjoyment and ease with a crowd...
Makes The Fast Show look languid."
Turn Of The Century - Edinburgh 2010
"I couldn't help but be impressed. Dozens and dozens of well-honed jokes ...
I felt like I was watching someone who'd fully matured as a performer."
Paul MacInnes, THE GUARDIAN 2010
"Articulate, self-assured ... with an ironic self-awareness ... Antopolski's versatility wins you over."
"An evening in his company seems guaranteed to be enjoyable ... good old-fashioned jokes ...
underlined by his hyper-mobile facial expressions ... a thoroughly enjoyable set that delights the crowd."
Holly Williams, SPOONFED 2010
"A strong recommendation for a confidently entertaining hour."
"In his distinctively laid-back style of delivery, he tosses out inspired joke after
joke ... Both silly and strangely
sophisticated, Antopolski's humour - and worldview - is totally unique and makes for a thoroughly enjoyable, if eccentric show."
Beth Kahn, BROADWAY BABY 2010
Silent But Deadly - Edinburgh 2009
"His writing is as inventive as ever ... Antopolski is not merely deadpan, but almost otherworldly on stage.
It's the perfect platform for his sometimes surreal, often deliberately literal approach to life."
James Kettle, THE GUARDIAN 2009
"Spectacular displays of verbal pyrotechnics ... A confident, splendidly silly and sometimes dazzling show."
"No-one else has the same flair and assurance ... A rock-solid hour with punchlines galore."
"Stunningly funny... a fine, multi-faceted show that probably deserved to win some kind of award or other."
Jay Richardson, CHORTLE 2009
"Superb entertainment ... This indisputably gifted comic is ideal viewing for anybody with a sense of
humour who can laugh until it hurts."
"A battery of fine gags honed to shiny perfection."
"He is one of the funniest and hardest-working comedians out there. His material is edgy without going too far,
his routines are complex and assured, he's likeable ... and has some of the best gags I've heard."
Matt Brereton, THE SCOTSMAN 2009
"This is brilliant, vibrant comedy, something completely new and different, a true gem amongst the hordes of stand-ups who descend on the Edinburgh Fringe."
"The work in folly of writing a six minute rap about sandwiches is a reason to be cheerful, and worth the entry price alone.
Go check out Dan Antopolski mark 2; now with added life experience."
Dave Mountfield, FRINGEREVIEW.COM 2008
"Solid gold... one of this Festival's unequivocal highlights."
"Innovative, truth-seeking, weirdly magical stuff ... he stands in a comedy spotlight all of his own ... Satisfyingly unorthodox,
intelligent and ridiculously playful. Thank heaven - with special thanks also to hell - for Dan Antopolski."
Claire Sawers, THE LIST 2008
"His mastery of the English language is worth a Fringe show in itself."
"An absolute delight. It's quite right and fitting that he is partial to donning a cape; he is after all, a bit of a hero."
Ian Phillips, NATIONAL STUDENT 2008
"Mr Antopolski's world-view is so uplifting, you'll leave wishing you could stay in his head for your summer holidays."
Stephen Armstrong, THE TIMES
"Risky, surreal genius ... a wildly original talent."
"He's plummy but crass, cerebral but goofy and the sparks of genius fly off him like a Catherine wheel."
"A magnificently febrile mind ... The audience hangs on his every nuance verbal and physical while,
like an intellectual Harry Hill, he piles up the asides and non sequiturs in between. Learning has never been this much fun"
"Master of the surreal and natural heir to Bill Bailey...The daftest, silliest and most uplifting show I've seen,
a happy reminder of how the best comedy can leave you smiling for the rest of the evening."
"Antopolski is primus inter pares. If, as they say, a person's sexiest feature is the mind,
then Antopolski is one of Britain's genuine comedy pin-ups. His dazzlingly intellectual
"Antopolski confidently takes comedy risks, and makes them work or moves on.
He's charming, bizarre and very funny. Although his audience doesn't follow him everywhere,
they are waiting for him when he gets back."
"You're unlikely to see a slicker, more self-assured performer at Edinburgh this year than Dan Antopolski...he
positively glistens with articulate, middle-class confidence, and has the sort of control of the stage
that, on the comedy circuit, sorts the big cheeses from the Kraft slices...For sheer fertility of imagination,
there are still few who can match him."
"One of the most gloriously silly shows on the fringe"
Jonathan Trew, SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
"While Dan Antopolski may use magic carpets, electric accordions and even telepathic devices,
they are employed with such uncanny zest that they work. He takes the most bizarre (seemingly acid-induced)
ideas and transforms them into physical wonders...Twisted - but pretty cool nonetheless."
"Triple Perrier nominee Antopolski really does deserve to win that damn award this year. His roguish brand of
excellent silliness is absolutely spot-on, featuring effortless stand-up with ludicrously original
scenarios...you have to see this."
"There is a presence in the Pleasance. Impeccably funny ... scrupulously rehearsed and delivered - a seamless zigzagging
ramble, voluble, intelligent and utterly assured."
"It's Dan Antopolski's last Edinburgh night, it's a full house, and they're fully under his spell.
He delivers an astounding set, at the highest possible level of risk. He romps into areas other people
either avoid or mess up. But he doesn't mess up. Somehow, perhaps by his ultimately endearing stage-presence,
he's able to say and do the most outrageous things, and the audience comes out laughing."
"At a time when Harry Hill has his own TV series, It's rare for a comic's postmodern, subversive non
sequiturs to keep wrongfooting you. Antopolski's twisting streams of consciousness do."
"Intelligent, thoughtful stand-up ... hilarious, imaginative and wonderfully cheap."
"He is the ultimate smooth surrealist ... delivering high-quality jokes with an intermittent philosphical
subtext ... Antopolski is really intelligent, really funny and really smart - a comedian of real
class who could develop into one of the best stand-ups in the business."
Cameron Robertson, THE STAGE
"An intriguing hour of intellect-tickling comedy ... Disarmingly improvisational ...
unashamedly educated ... the resultant laughs are lacquered with a growing admiration
for his innovation, beat-for-beat timing and prophetic puppet-mastery of the crowd."
"Unforgettable stage presence ... intricately clever observation ... A
comedian who will never relax into formulaic gags to satisfy his audience."
"The man's charms (and they are considerable) lie in his combination of old-fashioned and new styles:
he makes entirely plausible jokes in a surrealistic, laddish vein only to undermine them later and
take them on to unexpected levels. Antopolski has a neat turn of phrase and a nicely-skewed comedy
vision which, while keeping him one step beyond the best of the mainstream, also provide him
with oddly seductive powers over his audience."
"Dan Antopolski has great stage presence and is one of the circuit's few truly
literate performers. Lovely to watch."
"If you're looking for a possible candidate for future stardom then your best bet is Dan Antopolski.
He's a man who makes wearing a pair of pants on his head seem like sophisticated humour."
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"Plenty of comics have the patter, fewer can put flesh on the bones of an act. Newcomer Dan Antopolski,
for instance, has a perfect comic face that raises an instant laugh. Five minutes later he was reduced
to putting his pants on his head. Pair Antopolski with a decent writer and the world could be his oyster."