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John Kearns: “I’m being extremely truthful up there. I’m just not going down a literal path.”

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

“This wasn’t preconceived at all,” John Kearns explains.  “Some people can just walk onstage and say their deepest, darkest thoughts.  I can’t.  So I tried various ways to be honest up there, but none worked until I chucked on a daft wig and false teeth, and started acting like an idiot.”

Since finding his unusual route to the truth, Kearns has become one of the most distinctive comedians, pairing novelty props and an exaggerated South London whine with exceptionally funny – but deceptively poignant – musings.  It makes the contemplative 30-year-old hard to ignore, as judges found when crowning him Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe and awarding him the main prize the following August – still the only person to achieve the double.

This year, after an extended break, Kearns returned to the Fringe with his third solo show, Don’t Worry They’re Here, to predictably high acclaim.  He’s now performing the set, which searches for purpose amidst life’s daily frustrations, at Soho Theatre until 30th September.

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Category: Comedy
LAZY SUSAN 1 - Please credit Bobby Goulding

Lazy Susan: Crazy Sexy Fool review

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Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

If you like your comedy surreal and fun, make sure you catch this energetic and talented sketch duo before they hit the big time.

From the moment Lazy Susan appear on stage dressed in oversized bear outfits, synching to rap music and pretending to snort bags of cocaine, you have two options: leave the room, or get on-board quickly.  Fortunately, Option 2 is the easier and more pleasurable choice as the pair take you on a fast-paced trip into their imaginations.

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Category: Comedy
Marriage
Photograph by Tim Stubbs Hughes

Marriage @ Jack Studio Theatre

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Another capacity crowd at the Jack Studio Theatre welcomed a new run of Gogol’s ‘Marriage’. Loaded with wisecracks from the start, the story, such as it is (translator Howard Colyer compares it to ‘Waiting for Godot’) is a grower. Sunny Jeon’s graphic-y design, de-constructed, Surreal, opens-up the space. You almost feel inside the setting whilst simultaneously looking-on. Is the same dichotomy shared by the players?

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Category: Comedy