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Facilitators of Mirth

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

Matt Parker

Matt Parker - Humble Pi

Humble Pi

At 10 Dome, Pleasance Dome

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31st Jul to 25th Aug at 8.20pm

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex

Matt Parker - Humble Pi

at 10 Dome, Pleasance Dome

31st Jul to 25th Aug at 8.20pm

Humble Pi explores the greatest mathematical near-misses and mishaps involving planes, trains and autocorrect. Matt Parker is no stranger to maths mistakes and so he sets out to fix them all.

At last: a rigorous comedy show not afraid to show its working out. Being wrong has never felt so right.

Matt Parker is a brilliant stand-up mathematician, #1 best-selling author, youtuber with over 100 million views and is the first person to use an overhead projector at the Hammersmith Apollo since Pink Floyd.

a mathematician with a sense of mischief” - The Times

visibly so genuinely excited about maths that it’s infectious.” - Broadway Baby

consistently very funny” - The Guardian

The show is based on Matt's best-selling book 'Humble Pi': 'We would all be better off if everyone saw mathematics as a practical ally. Sadly, most of us fear maths and seek to avoid it. This is because mathematics doesn't have good 'people skills' - it never hesitates to bluntly point out when we are wrong. But it is only trying to help! Mathematics is a friend which can fill the gaps in what our brains can do naturally.

Luckily, even though we don't like sharing our own mistakes, we love to read about what happens when maths errors make the everyday go horribly wrong. Matt Parker explores and explains near misses and mishaps with planes, bridges, the internet and big data as a way of showing us not only how important maths is, but how we can use it to our advantage. This comedy of errors is a brilliantly told series of disaster stories with a happy ending'.


“The irrepressibly intelligent, geekily charismatic Parker expertly presents some of history's finest mathematical cock-ups. Expect laser timers, vintage arcade games and binary counters to feature heavily in this hilarious and inventive hour.” – ★★★★.5 Fringe Biscuit


“hilarious.. you should see this show” – ★★★★ Voice Mag
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“a fast paced, precisely crafted hour of mathematically inspired comedy.. His laser sharp wit, (yes, there really are lasers).. elicits belly laughs all round.. one of the most original pieces of stand up I’ve ever has the pleasure of witnessing, delivered with a confidence and precision that few could master.. a winning formula for all” – ★★★★ Synergy
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“a fast-paced entertainment that delves into the magic of maths.. funny as well as informative. A gem” – ★★★★ Arts Desk
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“Matt Parker offers a jam-packed hour of geeky delight.. a charming mix of 80s nostalgia, full-on geekery, and really excellent puns” – ★★★★ The Wee Review
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“maths, comedy, diagrams, lasers, and an insistence on showing your workings ” – ★★★★★ One4Review
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“makes everything fascinating and understandable, while his excitement about numbers is infectious” – Chortle


Matt Parker - Humble Pi
Matt Parker - Humble Pi Matt Parker - Humble Pi

See the show at:

31 July to 25 August 2019
10 Dome, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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