28/02/2018 – The West End Centre, Aldershot.
God, this was emotional! John Robins has been on the circuit for ages but his star has been rising over the last four years or so thanks to strong, funny, passionate shows and excellently observed and attentive MCing.
His profile has also grown due to an excellent radio partnership with Elis James that has gathered a truly cult following, complete with fans who have never been to a stand-up gig.
This is the show that co-won John the Best Show award at Edinburgh last year (co-won with Hannah Gadsby) and is a self-examination of his failings as a human and how they lead to his break-up with his girlfriend.
I said the show is emotional because John bears his soul to us. He angrily (and know I like an angry comic, be it Legge, Ince or Cognito) tells us how pathetic he can be, how awful he is to live with and why Sarah was right to call the relationship off. Well, from his point of view but the passion with which he recalls and relates the stories really takes you into his mind and the further we get from the events, the more sympathetic one become to the whole situation.
You can see why this won the award; it’s funny, reflective, horrifying and impassioned. It’s also a massive step in the right direction for greater recognition for John.