Matt Parker: Humble Pi

Comedy (stand-up, multimedia)

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  • Pleasance Dome - 10Dome
  • 20:20
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Lee Martin for Gag Reflex
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


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 #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. 'Visibly so genuinely excited about maths that it's infectious' (

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Main queue at entrance to venue. Wheelchair and level access via lift at rear of bar — reached via ramp at the rear of the venue. Speak to staff or Box Office for lift access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Helen Stone 88 days ago

Loved this. I have a complicated relationship with maths, having been forced to do A-level and hating it - but that was a long time ago and now I appreciate the patterns and music of maths, with only a vague understanding of how any of it fits together. Matt’s approach to delivering a show that works for maths fans and comedy fans alike meant that I could enjoy it all, whether I fully understood the background concepts or not. I saw this with some proper maths people who appreciated the maths and laughed all the way through, so they were definitely in the right bit of the venn diagram...

Caroline Cormack 94 days ago

Brilliant comedy show about maths errors. Yes that's right, comedy and maths. Genuinely funny, genuinely mathsy, plus lasers. 5*

Mark Burbidge 95 days ago

Good comedy, geeky content - educational and funny. What else do you want?

Thetapsi 96 days ago

Energetic, engaging, intelligent, informative and funny. Possibly the best show we’ve seen at the Fringe this year

Intrepid 96 days ago

The one time in my life when I wish I understood maths.

Sam Cheung 99 days ago

Always both fun and informative and shamelessly nerdy, Matt Parker takes us through Mathematical mistakes that have led to some interesting consequences. Whoever said that Maths was boring?
Even my math-phobic friend enjoyed this.

Alastair McInnes 100 days ago

You might think that maths is just that boring subject you had to do at school. But what happens when it goes wrong? Maybe your video game crashes, or maybe your aircraft runs out of fuel half-way to your destination.

A great combination of mathematics and comedy - grab a ticket just to see that it's possible, if for no other reason.

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Chortle (3.5/5 stars) 84 days ago

Oh, how I’m tempted to award this show n stars, to represent any whole number you like, just because Matt Parker encourages just that sort of mucking about with maths in your everyday life. ...

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 87 days ago

It’s not a necessity to enjoy maths to watch this show, but you’ll certainly get more from it if you do. Either way, you should see this show, and if nothing else has convinced you, Humble Pi has Pac-Man and lasers!

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One4Review (5/5 stars) 92 days ago

Some of the audience members first in were able to play Pacman while they waited for the rest of us to settle in. There’s something about a screen that makes Pacman a surprising spectator sport....

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

Matt Parker is a man of many talents – as well as being one-third of the comedy-science trio Festival of the Spoken Nerd and having a best-selling book, he’s also got a very informative and educational YouTube channel. But as if being the saviour of panicking GCSE students were not enough for...

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Geek Chocolate 93 days ago

Manic, sweaty and hugely entertaining, Parker is not the traditional image of a former maths teacher, his exuberant style as incongruous as Ghandi launching a nuclear strike, and through diagrams, animations and archive footage he captures (and sometimes divides) the audience’s attention, but if there is any lesson to take away it is that any attempt to move out of the globally accepted metric system will be a backwards step into folly and possible catastrophe.

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Synergy News (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

Matt Parker brings us a fast paced, precisely crafted hour of mathematically inspired comedy. His electrifying routine is his bestselling book Humble Pi brought to life with humour to the nth degree

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