John Robins: This Tornado Loves You

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (comedy): John Robins: This Tornado Loves You at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33). Review by Jay Richardson.

Domestic bliss is Kryptonite for great comedy John Robins ventures, the biggest laughs residing in pain and misery. Lately ensconced in a fulfilling relationship, he’s reacted with a much more cynical show than last year’s breakthrough, Where is My Mind? Opening with an exposé of “pussy lines”, those tricks male comedians employ to bed female audience members, he observes that the more successful a comedian becomes, the more unsuccessful they must pretend to be to connect with audiences, focusing his pique on “millionaire underdog Stewart Lee”.

Despite his agile wit and the deep layers of thoughtfulness he applies to his performance, Robins’ show is rather too negative.

In a section on the destructive adolescent fantasy of finding “The One”, an amalgam of French teenage influences upon him is contrasted with his genuine girlfriend, characterised by their arguments beside the Eiffel Tower. So he posits a much more workable theory of love to reassure himself. But when he describes himself as “50/50” on weddings, you have to reflect that he allows his bad feelings all the best jokes.

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Originally published in The Scotsman

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