John Robins @ Pleasance Courtyard

John Robins is lovelorn but on form

Review by James McColl | 15 Aug 2017
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John Robins has had a hard time of it lately. Whether for material or self-analysis, Robins delves into his past year which regrettably has been full of depression, pain and bitterness. Luckily, Robins is a comic that can turn such things into a tight hour of comedy that is as funny as it is heartbreaking.

Self reflective, the comedian is more than aware that he can be a little grating for people outside the circle of his eight friends (carefully curated by Robins). He ponders on the fact that both his romantic and platonic relationships seem to suffer because he can be too overbearing and pragmatic. The decision to buy hospital furniture rather than two separate items in a post breakup moment, reaches Alan Partridge levels of comedic practicality. How heightened this is for stage is anyone's guess. It is fair to say, however, this is the key to Robins’ humour.

There is a lot to admire about this show. Comically, Robins is able to take the audience on a laugh-fuelled journey about his experiences that never derail into a pity party. He walks this fine line with dignity and style.


John Robins: The Darkness of Robins, Pleasance Courtyard (Cabaret Bar), until 27 Aug (not 14), 6.40pm, £9-14