Sanderson Jones: That's the Spirit! (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

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Achieving 'peak you' with inhibition-free show

A man that's broken the Guinness World Record for the longest hug (over 25 hours) is in town to provide a communal catharsis for his congregation (or audience). Giving new meaning to 'cult comedy', the bearded stand-up was covered everywhere from Vice to Russia Today after he founded a secular gathering called Sunday Assembly.

He splits his show into a recap on his career so far (he performed a Chat Roulette-style show in Sydney Opera House and once turned down over 50 grand for a day's work) followed by a short atheist sermon. Crushing together what he's gleaned from mindfulness, pop culture, laughter therapy and church ceremonies, Jones explains the neuroscience of bliss and relaxation while inviting us to sing along to Toto's 'Africa' and achieve 'peak you!' in a new-agey, happy-clappy finale.

The forced euphoria, rousing bagpipe tunes and life-coach vibes will be uncomfortable for some, depending on how you feel about being whispered at sensually through a mic, then being ordered to clap 'harder, HARDER!' But many seem to enjoy the gospel-style unleashing of inhibitions, and indeed take the sincere, excitable Jones up on his offer of a free half-hour drop-in chat afterwards.

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Sanderson Jones: That's the Spirit!

  • 3 stars

Sanderson Jones Sanderson Jones is back! After six years building the worldwide Sunday Assembly movement, the comedian, and activist has returned to the Fringe with the first, only and best secular spiritual experience. The bearded funny man reimagines spiritual practices in a secular way, adding a dose of jokes, to…