A master of humour over jokes
This article is from 2010.
John Robins is a floppy-haired chap with an earnest demeanor and an appreciation of life’s pleasurable minutiae - he spends his introduction talking about the wonders of his new digital camera, which also functions as a digital recorder so he can listen back to his performance later. Indeed, at various points in the night, he addresses the device directly. ‘That one’s staying in!’ he says of a punchline that was particularly successful. ‘And by the way, you’re a great guy!’
It’s this openness and ever-present humanity in his performance that gets the audience on board: rather than rattle off a number of tired, tacky jokes, or go for the easy route and say something inflammatory about an ethnic minority, he relates a few choice anecdotes that connect with the soul of anybody who’s ever wanted to be a rebel, but didn’t want to get in trouble.
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