Jonny Sweet - Let's Just Have Some Fun (4 stars)

Derailing a show about a boat

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This article is from 2010.

Jonny Sweet - Let's Just Have Some Fun

So how do you follow up a hugely silly but wildly successful PowerPoint-happy Fringe hit? You go a step further and make Let’s Just Have Some Fun (And Learn Something for Once), a freewheeling romp about awkward failure and a terribly helpful lecture rolled into one. Last summer’s show revolved around Jonny Sweet’s not-actually-real brother Arthur, a once-successful but recently deceased book blurbist. With Arthur’s reputation having been soiled, Sweet sets out to rescue his memory amid a cruel world.

This time around, Sweet’s character (pink shirt, bow-tie, sharp trousers) appears to have once served on the HMS Nottingham, a vessel which has seen better days. Amid a series of ludicrous slides and quaintly bizarre statements (‘that’s the broccoli, here’s the cabbage’), he takes us firmly by the hand through the life of a largely decommissioned frigate, just about dealing with some hostility from one unimpressed crowd member while the likes of Tim Key and Mark Watson look on. Like last year’s Best Newcomer-winning show, there is a great deal of physicality between performer and audience with Sweet greeting the entering crowd with bear hugs or kisses on top of the head. And he invites a confident front row member to join him in bootcamp where the protracted build-up to a duel takes place.

Of course, a lecture about a fading boat can only go so far, but when it all appears to be coming down around his ears, equally nonsensical back-up plans are activated. A wildly funny beginning and finale bookend a large segment of awkwardness which deliberately derail the project til Sweet brings it all back home. The judges who took to Jonny Sweet last year could do a lot worse than popping back in again this time around.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug (not 16), 7.30pm, £10.50–£12 (£9–£10.50).

This article is from 2010.

Jonny Sweet - Let's Just Have Some Fun (and Learn Something, For Once)

  • 4 stars

Edinburgh comedy newcomer award winner 2009, Jonny Sweet returns with a whole lecture series and a mid-level multimedia budget. Jonny recently peddled himself on BBC3's 'The King Is Dead', playing David Cameron for Channel 4 and Jared in Radio 4's 'Party'. ★★★★ 'Silly, wonderfully acted and perfectly scripted. Basically…


1. confused29 Aug 2010, 9:56pm1 star Jonny Sweet - Let's Just Have Some Fun Report

Must have been to a different show to the one above!
thought it was terrible. Saw what he was trying to do but did not think he managed it. came out and asked others around us what they had thought and I am not exaggerating when they all said rubbish!

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