Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes
- Suzanne Black
- 3 August 2018
Wondering how life might have been different leads to wickedly funny musings
Rosie Jones is all about subverting expectations. Framing the show around how cerebral palsy has made her the woman she is, in Fifteen Minutes Jones frames expectations as her theme, musing on how her life would differ had she been able-bodied.
For a start, she wouldn't be able to expertly manipulate the audience's preconceptions and palpable discomfort with certain terminology to delightfully devilish effect. Her disability means that she speaks slowly, using this to her advantage until the whole room is hanging on her every word as she crafts set-ups that imply their own punchlines, and has the confidence to allow the audience to get there on their own - something that many seasoned comedians find themselves unable to do. Combined with a judicious use of voice-over, props and a neat way of referring to the crowd, and covering topics including her work life, love life and rudely supportive family, it's clear that Jones fully understands the mechanics of comedy.
Advancing from her slighter, free show last year, she has honed and expanded her repertoire to a fully-formed Fringe hour. Wickedly funny and a delight to be around, Rosie Jones is on an upward trajectory and all expectations are that it will continue.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 13), 8.30pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).