The Professor

Theatre (comedy, new writing)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Drawing Room
  • 15:20
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Americana Absurdum Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)
  • Accessibility: 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 18 months


The university's oddest professor has made a remarkable discovery. He's thrilled – but why is his lecture today even stranger and wilder than ever? An odd, surreal comedy about Dickens, shipwrecks, the Venus de Milo, fainting poets and the perils of original thinking. By two-time Fringe First winner Brian Parks. Performed by Stage's Best Actor David Calvitto. 'A brilliant piece of writing' ( 'There is no American writer more thoughtful – in an explosive and surreally comic way' (Scotsman). 'Calvitto is one of the funniest, cleverest performers around' (Herald). 'One of the most-admired actors on the Fringe' (Scotsman).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There is lift access into the performance space. If not taking the lift there are 23 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: 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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Sean Davis 87 days ago

The Professor (****)
David Calvitto plays a history professor who decides to give a wide ranging lecture intermixed with recent events from his life. His quick delivery is laced with sly bon mots about life and culture that reminded me of Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” His adventure in the Louvre is sophomoric, but its punchline makes it worth it.

This was the 15th most enjoyable of the 113 Fringe shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

Caroline 88 days ago

A gentle whimsical comedy with the professor covering art, literature and original thinking; this gentle romp gave me a lovely warm fluffy feeling - perfect for an Edinburgh afternoon...

Caroline Coles 90 days ago

Boring , dull with 10 mins of fart joke. One of the most boring sessions I ve seen in 8 years . Not a single laugh

Tim M 91 days ago

A high energy tour de force by performer David Calvitto of a sharp, quick wit script by Fringe First winner Brian Parks.

Caroline Richards 94 days ago

A confident, energetic performance that was engaging and comic. I found it very funny and laughed a lot. I liked the surreal take on a range of topics. It is wordy which is probably not to everyone’s taste. On a grumpy note, I think some people need pointers on audience etiquette- chatting and looking at your phone during a performance is discourteous to the performer and the audience. Fortunately peer pressure shut them up! I would recommend this show for its absurdity and the strength of the performance.

Zak Gibson 100 days ago

If you are looking for a show that will provide you with endless amounts of laughter, then this is not the comedy for you. Expectations were high entering into this piece, however it soon dawned upon us that the show would be disappointing. If you are expecting witty tales from history, or funny facts, these were not provided, but rather, a man’s insights into the goings on of history, maths, science, art and Literature. Interesting enough, the show peaked towards the conclusion, as The Professor resorted, of course scripted, to making a rather long, and awkward joke about farting. The demographic was not on board for these jokes, and thus they fell flat(ulenty). There were some funny points in the show, unfortunately they came from the audience. Two of which were sleeping, and one of whom’s phone decided to ring for an uncomfortable period of time. This was especially fitting, seeing as the audience is meant to be university students in a lecture hall. There is potential for the show to be funny; more jokes and less ranting. Had it been funnier, it would have been a show to recommend.

Aggie 101 days ago

An very enjoyable comedy play. Lots of laughs. A lot of detail for the actor to remember which is probably why there was a bit if stuttering over the words. This was only day 2 so should improve as the run continues. Worth a visit.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 83 days ago

The New York writer Brian Parks is one of the great absurdists of Fringe theatre, with an Edinburgh track record stretching back more than 20 years, to his great and bewildering Americana Absurdum double-bill of 1997. ...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 83 days ago

Something’s gone awry with today’s lecture. We’ve turned up at the right room and it's the same lecturer we’ve had all year. He even tells us how much he’s loved teaching us. But every time he launches into th...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 83 days ago

There has been a change to the advertised lecture today and the professor seems more than usually enthusiastic to explain why. He may enthuse over the logic and majesty of mathematics but it soon becomes clear that his real passion is the arts. He waxes rhapsodically on theatre, literature, dance...

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Bouquets & Brickbats (3.5/5 stars) 92 days ago

Written by Brian Parks and performed by David Calvitto, The Professor depicts a man on the verge of a change – and moreover, not one he’s making by choice. [...] What’s clever here is that this professor cannot resist thrusting large chunks of his own prejudices and foibles into what ought to be a dispassionate account.

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