Olga Koch @ Pleasance Courtyard

An impressive Edinburgh Fringe debut from Olga Koch, who proves herself to be a confident and comfortable performer

Review by Nadia Younes | 06 Aug 2018
  • Olga Koch

Taking you on a journey through her family history, accompanied by a series of cleverly selected PowerPoint slides, Olga Koch’s debut Edinburgh Fringe show is unique, interesting and, most importantly, very funny.

More than just a comedy show, Fight also provides a fascinating insight into Russian history and Koch’s selection of photos and clips to accompany the story is inspired, including a particularly hilarious Russian Pizza Hut advert. Initially, this may seem like quite a complex and difficult story to tell, but Koch manages to make it accessible and easy to follow.

Not only is she confident at telling the story as it is though, she also proves to be skilled in audience interaction, frequently engaging with audience members with ease, as though she's been doing this her whole life. Despite a few stumbles here and there, Koch never loses her stride and keeps a firm grip on the narrative but leaves space and time for more than a few adlibs.

For this only being her first solo hour at the Fringe, Koch’s confidence is impressive and she seems more than comfortable up on stage. An extremely promising debut from a bright new comedy talent.

Olga Koch: Fight, Pleasance Courtyard (This), until 26 Aug (not 14), 7.15pm, £6-9

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Coming In From The Cold: We chat to Olga Koch about moving from the Kremlin to comedy ahead of her debut show (from our August 2018 issue)