George Egg: DIY Chef

George Egg is a hybrid chef and comedian. Part cooking show, part stand-up, this is a hilarious hour filled with wonderful smells and brilliant absurdist comedy.

DIY Chef is a delicious hour of comedy.

Last year, Egg brought us his show Anarchist Cook, about cooking in hotel rooms. This year, in DIY Chef, Egg has been banished to the shed for his cooking (on doctor’s orders). He has some health problems, and the obvious thing to do is change his diet. The only place he can cook in peace? The shed. This is a show featuring power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies. And food. Of course there’s food.

Egg is a seasoned performer and knows how to work an audience, with just the smallest of eye rolls and sighs sending the audience into fits of giggles. The stage is set up as an imitation shed, complete with improvised running water. He uses carefully chosen power tools to cook right in front of our eyes. He’s clearly a good cook, but it is the absurd comedy that is really the icing on the bizarrely baked cake.

It’s such a unique show. Egg keeps us on our toes as one is never sure where the punchline is going to come from; it’s a curveball every single time and when the gag hits it’s genuinely hilarious. Sometimes the puns cause us to groan but who doesn’t enjoy a pun every now and again? Within DIY Chef we also get some wonderful moments of poetry; and these moments are as ridiculous as the show itself. Watching a man cook using a wallpaper stripper is a sight to behold.

This is comedy for everyone. George Egg’s style is slightly off the wall but this means it bounces round so much that if you don't find one moment funny, the next one will surely take your fancy. DIY Chef is a delicious hour of comedy. 

Reviews by Emily Jane Kerr

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The Blurb

The Anarchist Cook returns with another demonstration of resourcefulness, innovation and absurdity. If you like food then you'll like this. New material, new methods and a whole new menu; and of course, you get to taste it all at the end. Sell-out shows 2015 and 2016. Spirit of the Fringe Award Winner 2015. 'A genius... he is the friendly face of anarchy, the anarchic face of food and the foodie face of comedy' (Scotland on Sunday).