Jonny Donahoe: Class Whore (2 stars)

Anecdotes about trangressing class bounderies for comedian's first solo show

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This article is from 2013.

Jonny Donahoe: Class Whore

Jonny Donahoe structures his first solo hour around the issues of class and how irrelevant it should be in contemporary society. He mixes in anecdotal evidence from his childhood during which he transgressed class boundaries.

An unusual start, in which he greets each member of the queue individually, segues nicely into a discussion of first impressions. This leads onto a solid engagement with class demarcations in which he manages to avoid lazy stereotyping. The inclusion of personal material, mainly about his mother, not only provides a skeletal framework from which to hang the show, but also its heart. His most successful material is often the most heartfelt.

Unfortunately, the rest of the hour does not live up to this: a lecture on BBC Lab UK's 2011 redefinition of class into seven strata throws a wrench in Donahoe's momentum. While he proves to be an interesting writer with a great stage demeanour (bouncy and endearing but not afraid to be sharp when the joke demands), the flagging pace and need for more substance lets him down and an auspicious start turns into a lacklustre finish.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug, 1.25pm, £7.50–£8.50 (£6.50–£7.50).

This article is from 2013.

Jonny Donahoe: Class Whore

  • 2 stars

Supporting Wall. Jonny Donahoe, star of Jonny & the Baptists and The Roaring Boys, makes his solo stand-up debut, tackling the ultimate taboo: the British class system. Featured on Radio 4's Now Show and Infinite Monkey Cage. 'Brilliant' ★★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). 'Hilarious' ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). 'Laugh-a-minute' (Sun).

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