I’ll be honest, I don’t even know where to start with this one. Trumpageddon is a painful, drawn out attempt at satirising the already ludicrous President of the United States. Packed to the brim with limp improv, awkward audience participation and positively sleep-inducing sketches, Trumpageddon is a waste of time, space and money.
The main issue faced by Trumpageddon is that Donald Trump is an utterly repellent man. Even an impersonated version of the figure is slimy, vile and repulsive, although Simon Jay’s impression furthers the issue significantly. Manhandling audience members, spouting racist and homophobic comments and an endless barrage of penis jokes create a comedy show lacking one key element: humour.
Offensive content and awkward humour aside, Trumpageddon is simply boring. I can hand-on-heart say that never before in a production have I gone on my phone, but Trumpageddon drove me to see how long I had left to endure, by checking my device. Four times. I can safely say that an hour has rarely travelled at such a sluggish pace. And the saddest thing about all of this is that Trumpageddon is directed by an Olivier Award nominee. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Here’s a list of things you could do which would be more interesting than watching Trumpageddon: watching paint dry, cutting a lawn with nail scissors or whacking your head repeatedly against a cold lamppost. Any of these activities would be preferable to this hateful show, so take my advice and pick your lamppost. And if you do choose to submit yourself to this hour of torture, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Running: Gilded Balloon Teviot, 2nd – 28th August (not Wednesdays) 16:45
Ticket Link: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/trumpageddon
Image: Murdo Macleod