Pete Johansson @ Heroes, The Hive

Join Pete Johansson for a delightful and insightful afternoon ramble

Review by John Stansfield | 09 Aug 2017
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It’s about 20 minutes into Pete Johansson’s show that he realizes he hasn’t actually started it yet. In that time he’s already covered the psychology of smiling, Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls, his obsession with The Good Wife, and even the environmentalist David Suzuki. That’s just from speaking to an audience and finding common ground with whatever little information they give up.

He explains pretty early on that he is an unstructured comedian, and his meandering style is a breath of fresh air in the notoriously odorous night club The Hive (Johansson also explains that he is to blame for that smell due to an angry end to a show at last year’s Fringe).

The smart and smutty Johansson just likes to talk, and he’s one of the best at it. When he does get to what his show is about, it’s really just a collection of thoughts he’s had, which might be terrifying in other people’s hands. But his tales of polyamory, and the search for the perfect dildo, are by turns charming and hilarious. Johansson loves to talk. And you'll want to listen.

Pete Johansson: Pete Jo-Handsome Comes Alive, Heroes at The Hive (Cave), until 27 Aug (not Mon), 4.45pm, £5/PWYW