Olga Koch: If/Then

Comedy (stand-up)

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  • Monkey Barrel Comedy - Monkey Barrel 1
  • 16:30
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Berk's Nest in association with Hannah Layton Management
  • Warnings and additional info: Buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry or Pay What You Want at the venue. Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
    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

This show has performances in multiple locations


Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Olga Koch is back! Ahead of her BBC Radio 4 special, the acclaimed stand-up tells a love story through the medium of computer programming (which she studied at university, and, like, barely ever brings up). In her feminist investigation into what happens when we can't separate love and technology, Olga will teach you how to code and explore what happens when our expectations for love, happiness and Michael Bublé no longer compute. Directed by Charlie Dinkin. ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (Telegraph). **** (Skinny). **** (List). **** (TheArtsDesk.com).

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

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Bernie Flood 91 days ago

When I read Olga was born in Russia I was expecting a parody show of some sort. Olga was in fact a really funny genuinely engaging comedian. She was more USA than USSR and came across brilliantly. Loved it.

Adam D 93 days ago

Fantastic premise and hilarious jokes. I’m glad I got the chance to see this.

Verdun Luck 95 days ago

A great show. Standup is not particularly my thing at the fringe (too many bad experiences), but Olga is a natural and I really enjoyed her performance. I will look for her name in future.

Finbarr Bevan 97 days ago

Seen Friday 9th August. Olga was an enjoyable and upbeat act. The story was mostly engaging and had a took a nice introspective turn whilst remaining understandable for someone who has had different life experiences. The majority of jokes landed, however a few times I missed the punchline as the delivery sped up (I was sat at the back so could be partially down to me just not hearing it). An enjoyable show and certainly worth the visit. 7.5/10.

Nicola 100 days ago

Excellent show, Olga is a star, a fantastically funny natural storyteller.
Also one of my favourite venues (just don't sit directly under the aircon!)

Debbie M 102 days ago

The funniest thing I saw at the Fringe this year until I saw someone spit a chewed jellybean into an audience member's mouth (so close). Olga Koch has a ton of brilliant jokes and her delivery is superb. Performance was outstanding. I am still chuckling thinking about this set days later. Highly recommended.

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The List (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

Highly engineered and funny set about sexism and science...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

In her second Fringe show If/Then, Olga Koch covers a lot of ground – studying in the male-dominated field of computer science, growing up in Russia and moving to the US, falling in love and the weirdness of Skyping a relative into a funeral. Koch bounds onto stage, full of...

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Chortle (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

Olga Koch was once the most important female computer scientist in Russia. But, she admits, there were only two others in her far-from progressive homeland. ...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 98 days ago

It’s hard to believe, I know, but it’s tough being a woman; there are so many expectations about how you should behave, yet these are an endless list of contradictions. Olga Koch subverts some of the more stereotypical gender norms – she’s got a computer science degree and loves beer...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 101 days ago

Olga Koch takes to the stage with an energy which is infectious and enduring. Her stories, which cover diverse subject matter – from growing up in Russia to The Wiggles and Bonnie, the first female pirate, are...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

There's a tricky nugget sizzling at the meaty centre of Olga Koch's second Fringe show. As an avowedly non-girlish, unashamedly whip-smart computer programmer-come-comedian, Koch has been praised by the men in her life for being different to all the other girls. And in being proud of achievements which run against...

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