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Off the Top

From 5 critic and 45 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing

About the show

Intellectual rapper Baba Brinkman and neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin explore the brain basis of improvisation and humor in this live comedy show featuring cutting-edge research and freestyle rhymes. More…

Married in real life, Brinkman and Berlin bring you the latest research on brain science and creativity while putting their odd-couple relationship under the microscope. Learn how a rapper seduces a scientist, how hard it is to solve a math problem while rapping, and how your subconscious mind influences your daily thoughts and feelings.

DC Metro Theater Arts

"Proof positive that opposites not only attract, but can also formulate a fully engaging equation of entertainment and elucidation...The couple’s animated delivery brings a feeling of spontaneity to the memorized sections…They’re both irresistibly charming, enthusiastic, funny, and talented, and smart enough to have figured out a way to integrate their personal lives and professional careers into one terrific show with 'Off the Top.'" Full Review

Ed Uncovered

for a previous production "It may be the best show of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe...Brinkman flexes his considerable rap skills…It’s a near-perfect show…Not only is it massively entertaining, it’s also eye-opening...One does get the sense that this could equally be a science class taught by a comedian, as a comedy gig led by a scientist… You’ll laugh throughout, and keep thinking about it afterwards – 'Off The Top' is a comedy gig that keeps giving long after you’ve left." Full Review

Mumble Comedy

for a previous production "These guys are incredibly clever and inspiring, and manage to produce an educational, inspiring and wonderfully entertaining show from beginning to end. Baba and Heather had a delightful, bantering rapport between them…The show ends with a rap by Heather herself, and its humor sent you off with a good feeling, adding to a sense of smugness that you’d stumbled across an absolute jewel of a show." Full Review

Broadway Baby

for a previous production “Combining Berlin’s engaging lecture-esque talks about the brain and its functions, Brinkman’s own freestyle raps, PowerPoint slides and a few guest comics, the loved-up couple craft a wonderful show that is funny, heart-warming and pleasingly educational…Brinkman and Berlin should congratulate themselves on a lovely show that would delight children, adults, theatre-nerds and scientists alike…I left feeling warm, cheerful and enlightened." Full Review

Three Weeks Edinburgh

for a previous production "Their chemistry on stage is fantastic. 'Off The Top' is essentially a humorous lecture and it achieves exactly what it sets out to, entertaining and informing simultaneously. Though asking an audience member to come onstage and rap 15 minutes into a show is risky, it works in this environment, where the goal is to see how the brain works during improvisation...You’ll learn a lot here, with plenty of laughs along the way." Full Review

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Have loved Baba f/yrs. New act w/Heather - brilliant! if you're up f/intellectual stimulation presented w/humor & speed... Yes, speed!!!

Don't see it if You're not up for an education

Clever, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You want to see something smart off the beaten path

Don't see it if You want a more traditional production

Also Baba and his wife make a formidable team. The show is well planned, ve... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a good mix of intellectual material and comic relief. Great intersection of art and science!

Don't see it if You're not he type or person who likes science. This show is very fact heavy.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy scientific word play. I enjoyed this show more than I had thought I would. Afterwards, got to talk with Baba–who was very friendly

Don't see it if You don't like rap. But honestly see it even if you don't think you like rap–like me.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious

See it if you're willing to park your expectations at the door, and enjoy peeking into the workings of brainiac improv artists (and the rest of us).

Don't see it if you're only fulfilled by guffaws and pratfall comedy, 'cause this strives for so much more that you can carry with you out the door.

Also I don't know him, but I've seen every Baba show and applauded his sear... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a fun, intimate, brilliant night of theatre with a brain stimulating twist!

Don't see it if If you want to see typical plays or musicals. This is out of the box. Oh go on ...step outside the box....!!!

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love to learn new information, get absorbed in science in a way you never thought possible, and listen to (freestyle) rap!

Don't see it if You don't like science or rap.

Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy an ambitious and funny performance mixing rap and science while simultaneously being about the performers. I give it a B grade.

Don't see it if you only like perfectly polished shows. This show involves some glaring rehearsed moments. Definitely keep the "Dylan song" in future shows!

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like neuroscience, rap, comedy all rolled into one.

Don't see it if You like small intimate shows and small acts.

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You like rap and are interested in the brain. Or if you like either one or the other. The show is pretty brilliant.

Don't see it if You're expecting a huge show with great staging. It's just two people in a basement bar. But it's a great show, so don't miss out on it!

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You like science

Don't see it if You dislike hiphop

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You would like a really interesting science lecture.

Don't see it if You want a plotted play.

Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun show. Hard core neuroscience interposed with wrap music is an unexpected combination. A light, jovial, evening.

Don't see it if like wrap music or learning about the brain.

Clever, Entertaining, Unique, Quirky, Unstructured

See it if you have an amateur interest in either science or rap music and want to be both educated and entertained. It's an inclusive, intimate show.

Don't see it if you like a more polished, professional show, or if you're an easily bored expert in science or rap. Also, audience volunteer quality varies.

Fun, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You want to learn more about neuroscience while listening to freestyle rap and laughing a lot

Don't see it if You want a straightforward show. This is a combination psych lecture and rap session; definitely not your standard performance.

Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Quirky, Slow

See it if You'd like to see the Hamilton of popular science; impressive use of large vocabulary in rap form; light fun evening in lieu of comedy night

Don't see it if You only want to see a play, a work of fiction; hated biology in school; even then it's hard not to like this infectiously enthusiastic duo

Intelligent, Quirky, Sexy, Clever, Funny

See it if Boy rapper marries girl neuroscientist. They perform a weekly act that is half brain science, half comedy. The smart babe is hot stuff.

Don't see it if You want a work of fiction. This is closer to a standup comedy act than a theater piece.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You are interested in neuro-science. This is more informative than pure entertainment.

Don't see it if You want an actual show. This is more like a very good and entertaining lecture.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like science and/or rap.

Don't see it if you don't like science and/or rap.

Thought-provoking, Non-traditional, Fun

See it if you like rap as a means to communicate ideas, audience participation, real life husband & wife performances & want to learn about the brain.

Don't see it if This isn't a play, it's more of a lecture with rap, and it's in a small bar with tables and chairs. Adjust your expectations accordingly.

Also I saw Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Climate Chaos in the upstairs theat... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you are interested in Neuroscience and Rapping. I have seen Baba perform before, and this wasn't as fun of a show as in the past.

Don't see it if you don't want to feel as if you are in a lecture. This was part rap, part lecture part stand up comedy show.

Clever, Funny, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in catching more of a lecture (on the brain) than traditional show. U will learn tho-& come away w/some insightful facts~

Don't see it if You're looking for a play, not a comedy/rap/lecture-or the topic would bore you. Needs to be tightened & directed to get more out of show~

Clever, Delightful

See it if like science heavy shows, husband and wife duo act

Don't see it if you want to big sets and don't like rap

Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you're into learning while being entertained

Don't see it if you don't care to hear about studies on the rbain

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