Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: John Robertson: Let’s Redecorate, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick
Platinum locks flowing as he paces the stage like a minimally caged, particularly smartly dressed wolf, John Robertson creates a splendid comedy beast.
Robertson is something of a suicide veteran – his father, two uncles and now his best friend have all left before the fat lady sang, but it is the last which prompted this show.
His father’s suicide he exploited ruthlessly to his own sexual gain, but his best friend’s death has devastated him. They bonded (pardon the pun) over Japanese animation, she was his lingerie shopping companion and she got him into stand-up. He misses her.
But do not think for one second that a performer of Robertson’s intelligence and firepower isn’t capable of taking this and turning it into a ferocious and very, very funny show. From the moment he explains that he is neither a
glass half full nor a glass half empty kind of guy, but something infinitely more awful and horribly funny, we know we are in for a “strap in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride” kind of an hour.
From impressions of Charles Bukowski and Oscar Wilde The Vet, through transient suicide-envy (“It’s OK, she was only terminally ill,” he explains) he is more in your face than parts of your own face.
He creates glorious comedy concepts (“wriggly tears” and the “safety penis” being my personal favourites) and his take on the “cry for help” is horrible and hilarious in equal parts.
Here there is depression and Jeffrey Dahmer, teenage transvestism and threesomes, Facebook quizzes and the Yellow Brick Road as fetish fodder, all crafted into classy, crazy comedy and hurled at you by a manic Australian accessorised in silver skulls.
Stand 6 (Venue 319) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 10 August 2015
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