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Josh Jones: Waste Of Space – Edinburgh Fringe

Josh Jones has a very likeable stage presence, and on the evening I caught his Fringe show, he swiftly dealt with a couple of audience chatterboxes in a direct manner that theatre casts can only dream about – by telling them what they’re talking about doesn’t matter (that is, to anyone else in the room) and therefore they need to shut up. He is undeniably camp and charming, even as he continues to find his feet, having fairly recently moved to London, which has a very different comedy vibe to the north-west (Jones is from Manchester) – or so he says. Having no knowledge of the comedy scene in Manchester and the surrounding environs I will simply take his word for it.

Josh Jones: Waste Of SpaceSome protestations about not being as intellectually challenged as he comes across are disarmed by the recollection of an interview on a BBC podcast, in which he made an innocent slip of the tongue but one that people still remember him by, such that he feels he has nothing to lose by telling everyone else about it. I’ve often said the Fringe comedy routines are far better than what gets broadcast on national television – Jones’ show is a good example as to why this is. Much of it is not safe for broadcast.

That is not to say it is ever offensive. Some of the descriptions of past events are very graphic, however, and his mannerisms are like a cross between Alan Carr and Dame Edna Everage – more than a little stereotypical, on balance they add to the overall comic effect. Bouncing around the stage with seemingly boundless energy, there’s a confidence and assertiveness to this performance that is more akin to an Edinburgh veteran than a Fringe debutant. For all the camp silliness there’s a maturity beyond his years after all.

4 stars

Review by Chris Omaweng

Born and bred in Manchester, Edinburgh newcomer, Josh Jones is a breath of fresh air but a Waste Of Space – at least that’s how he feels – when there is always some kind of drama unfolding in his life. But he’s come to accept there are upsides to this, which have changed his life.

Josh Jones: Waste Of Space
Pleasance Bunker Three
3rd-28th August

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