Comedy Review: Konstantin Kisin: Orwell That Ends Well, Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), Edinburgh

Konstantin Kisin made international headlines last year, after his decision to decline a university gig because of its safe space policies about “offensive” comedy.

3 star

His elevation since has been a running of the gauntlet to capitalise on his newfound notoriety, retain his freedom of speech principles and then mock all that.

As a Russian-born Jew who’s known hard times, he would have had enough subject matter for his Fringe debut sooner or later.

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But the acclamation and questioning of his motives have gifted him an almighty amount to playfully kick against.

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Poised, thoughtful and mischievous, it’s to the Edinburgh student’s enormous credit that he’s arranged everything into a coherent story.

Kisin is a wittily astute commentator with the stand-up chops to make plenty from his infamy.

Until 26 August. Today 9pm. ***