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Dave Johns – A Comic's Tale - 4.5 **** - One4Review

Dave Johns – A Comic’s Tale – 4.5 ****

| On 19, Aug 2022

Foe many people the name Dave Johns became known for his award willing performance in Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ and other movies such as ‘Fisherman’s friend’, but to some of us we can remember him prior to that, when he was an excellent stand-up, a mainstay, on the comedy circuit.
For Fringe 2022 Johns returns to his roots with an hour of standout stand up and it proves that although he is more often found on a movie set these days, he still has his well-honed comedy skills in abundance.
John talks of his working-class beginnings in Newcastle, they had a piano, but no-one could play it, teenage gigs watching the likes of David Bowie and a costume malfunction he had, how he spent his lockdown, writing, walking even getting a girlfriend, much younger and middleclass as well!
He reminisces about a simpler time growing up, his family, fictitious train announcements, some surreal imaginings, his dyslexia and that was just a few subjects he found hilarious material from. And the occasional burst into songs as well!
He is so adept with his crowd work, never threatening, but not afraid to shatter the fourth wall. It was a genuine pleasure to see him back at his roots. And I was not alone in thinking so, judging by the howls of laughter emanating from the audience too.
Reviewed by Geoff
Gilded Balloon Wine Bar
20.45 to 21.45
Until 28th

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