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Yianni Agisilaou: The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know

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If you can’t get through your day without dropping a perfectly cromulent Simpsons reference, or if your Facebook feed consists mostly of Simpsons memes, then you will find your best friend in Yianni Agisilaou and his show, The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know.

What Agisilaou knows is a dazzling myriad of Simpson trivia and quotes that keep the show crackling at an impressive and very comedic pace as he details the poignant similarities between the show and his life.

Do you have to be a fan of The Simpsons, the long-running cartoon show that will soon be entering its 29th season? Short answer yes with an ‘and’, long answer, no but with a ‘but…’ It definitely helps because, as Agilislaou conveys, the joy of the show is created from the shared obsession between the artist and audience.

The premise of the show is anchored in Agisilaou’s opportunity to audition for the show. From there, the former lawyer and a very likeable bloke takes the more than willing audience through memorable moments from the show which uncannily mirror aspects of his life and the state of the world today.

There is a lot that will delight fans of the show including Agisilaou’s smoothly delivered impersonations of many of the characters. It’s an hour-long joyous celebration of what is arguably the number one pop culture phenomenon of the last twenty years.

Yet, more importantly, Agisilaou is hands down funny and very quick to riff with the crowd.

At the end of the day, many of those laughs are because, we the audience, see ourselves in Agisilaou and his take of reality. Admittedly, in a way, some of the work is already done because he relies heavily on actual jokes from The Simpsons that we are already familiar with.

However, there is an indulgent pleasure laughing along with a group of strangers who actually know what dignity looks like.

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Melanie-Griffiths

Review by Melanie Griffiths on 11 Feb 2019

Melanie is often found left of stage, earplugs in, and notes out at live concerts and events. A music writer and reviewer who writes for several publications, she brings her passion for music, the arts and Perth to the FRINGE WORLD team.