Pete Johansson (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Pete Johansson

Bear necessities from crack Canadian

It seems that in Pete Johansson’s Utopian Crack Pipe, there’s less of the crack and more of the bear. The plaudits that have adorned the Canadian since his debut Fringe show was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer Award in 2009 have once again been earned as he’s dreamed up another hour of solid comedy that is simultaneously provocative, surreal and moving.

The show is loosely hung on the proposition that an influx of bears could solve many of the UK’s problems, particularly the law and order ones. It may begin as a daft premise but by the end, so persuasive is he that you have to wonder if it might just work. In amongst the bear theories are Johansson’s typically close-to-the-bone gags poking fun at his audience’s sensibilities and morality.

The cheeky gags are tempered by Johansson’s own sensitivity as he shows his soft belly (metaphorically speaking). And as for the bears, they’re a lot like us you know. Just a bit bigger and a lot hairier.

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Pete Johansson Appearance on Russell Howard 2010

Pete Johansson - Utopian Crack Pipe

  • 4 stars

Pete's latest show witnesses his growth via a new type of undressing of his personal values as he ages. After the analysis he gave his body in the Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated 2009 show Naked Pictures of my Life, he's now focusing on transitional values, the less obvious mental and moral decay of getting older and the…

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