Jon Long: Planet-Killing Machine (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Jon Long: Planet-Killing Machine

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The wholesome meets the edgy in this musical comedy fun

Have you ever had to explain to a group of old ladies what a dildo is? Well, Jon Long has, and in this musical comedy show, he delves into his bank of silly millennial anecdotes through the medium of a jovial sing-song. It's Long's debut Fringe hour and he presents a show of two halves. In the first, he details how he's never been quite sure how to present his identity through comedy. He's disabled, but only half; he was an alcoholic, but nipped that in the bud when he was 25; he's a lapsed Catholic, but he left at the age of nine. Amusingly, he ponders if any of this counts.

The second half nods to his title, and strides away from the personal, and on to the existential issue our day, the climate crisis. Through a song about being a flexitarian, the inspirational message there is that small changes do matter. Inspired by Long's optimistic Bradfordian partner, he insists that this can-do attitude is the only way to save the planet.

Jon Long is sassy and self-deprecating, and has an unexpected edge to him, despite his wholesome vibe. Although Planet-Killing Machine isn't completely cohesive due to the content split, it's genuinely delightful and hints at a bright future for Long, if not the world he lives in.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug, 9.30pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Jon Long: Planet-Killing Machine

  • 3 stars

Debut hour from musical comedian Jon Long.