Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Conspiracy theories can sometimes be reduced to light hearted niche interests only fully embraced by weirdos on the fringes of society. Could it even be possible for a 'conspiracy theory to lead “life-long anti-racists” to start peddling anti-Semitic rhetoric? Marlon Solomon presents the view that at some point there is a bridge between the clearly insane “lizards are controlling the world” to “the media is run by Jews”, passing through the terrifying prospect of holocaust denial.

These aren’t just funny antidotes but a dangerous ideology

With the Equality and Human Rights commission carrying out an investigation into claims of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party movement, this show could not be more relevant to current political discourse. It comes at a time of seeming crisis within the left wing and Solomon thinks he knows why. If you have found yourself baffled as to how we got to this point, then this is the perfect show for you. Marlon Solomon presents a part lecture presentation, part stand-up routine leading you down the conspiracy rabbit hole, accompanied by his ever trusty PowerPoint.

His excellent comic timing and presence means you can’t help but laugh swiftly followed by feeling hugely uncomfortable when you remember this is real. These aren’t just funny anecdotes but a dangerous ideology and path to radicalisation which seems to be spreading. Solomon provides an in depth introduction to the topic through both first-hand experience and extensive research, but his wit and warm presence makes this an easy and enjoyable watch. Although the couple of musical numbers interspersed in the talk do walk a very fine line of being a bit too cheesy, overall they work well as a device to break up some of the more heavy hitting information. Rather than feeling full of doom and gloom at the end, it was entertaining, refreshing, perhaps even leaving a spark of hope for change in those who go to see it. If you are looking to understand contemporary anti-Semitic tropes and issues this show is potentially the funniest and most thorough way you will find of doing so.

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Best Spoken Word winner, Greater Manchester Fringe 2018. Marlon's a Jew. This didn't bother him much until he discovered that some people he knew didn't believe the Holocaust happened. From 9/11 to shape-shifting lizards and Holocaust denial, this is a darkly comic tale of one man's journey through the conspiracy underworld. Marlon explores why conspiracy theories are more popular than ever, how fake news gives fresh currency to ancient slander and how this all relates to current issues in the Labour Party. A comic tale which is no laughing matter. @supergutman

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