John Conway - The New Conway Dimension
- Brian Donaldson
- 20 August 2012
This article is from 2012.
Small and daft is the order of the day in Conway's semi-anarchic routines
If you find yourself tiring of the slick, professional, often identikit comedians in town, you should cop a load of Australia’s John Conway. With laptop-wielding sidekick Michael Burke trying his utmost to keep proceedings reasonably on track, Conway derails any attempts at total cohesion with semi-anarchic routines.
Small and daft is the order of the day as he kicks things off with the ‘magic stick’ detecting something unhealthy in two members of the audience who he immediately rearranges to sit together. While that near-midnight slot will surely attract a juiced-up crowd from time to time, the tight gathering on the second date of a fortnight run seemed intent on buying into the barmy during the likes of a quiz to name as many avian-based movies as possible and passing round the ‘time helmet’.
Having appeared with the promise of four jokes (he maybe manages two, at a push) and a promise to ‘be more clear this year’, all good intentions swiftly disappear out the window. All of which is to John Conway’s credit and the crowd’s benefit.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 27 Aug, 11.55pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).