Rosie Jones: Backward (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Rosie Jones: Backward

A warm and cheeky hour from a rising comedy star

Rosie Jones was highly tipped for a Best Newcomer nomination with her much-praised 2018 debut Fringe show. And while that shortlisting failed to materialise, it hasn't hampered the resulting 12 months, as her career has gone in a distinctly upwards trajectory. Jones returns with Backward, an hour about the crazy year she's had and the changing perceptions towards her as a disabled person now that's she's more recognisable from some TV appearances.

Of course, a little slice of fame means nothing to bigots who will unleash their intolerance on anyone they view as vulnerable or different, and one incident where Jones catches someone out while they're in the middle of insulting her in the worst possible way gets the crowd fully on her side. This horrible act is all the more awful as Jones had been on a high after performing at one of the biggest gigs of her career to date.

The set doesn't always crackle with zingers and there's the odd stand-up cliché interlude, but Jones is never less than an enjoyably cheeky host. As our 'daddy', she is both scathing on herself as well as her audience, secure in the knowledge that no one in this room is going to turn against her.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug (not 12), 7pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).

Rosie Jones: Backward

  • 3 stars

Rosie Jones discusses what it's like to be the first and only gay, disabled northern comedian currently on the circuit.