Jonny Lennard: Tale Blazer
Deconstructing the bedtime story in a mature and clever hour of comedy
This article is from 2014.
Former Cambridge Footlights member Jonny Lennard professes to have always had an overwhelmingly cynical take on life. School was no walk in the park for someone who empathised with snowmen to the extent of seeing a snowscape as a mass of raining flesh. Combine this with babysitting a bohemian-raised wholegrain-eating niece and you have material enough for a debut comedy solo show unearthing the truths about existence.
Through his wicked deconstruction of bedtime stories, Lennard touches on a plethora of contemporary issues including euthanasia and the Swiss banking system, whilst carrying out a sustained attack on pretentious hipster lifestyles. Spoiling childish illusions in an audience, regardless of age, is dangerous territory: the night the tooth fairy stopped coming was a shattering experience for us all and surely no one wants to think of The Little Mermaid as having body dysmorphia.
Lennard navigates these murky waters well, keeping crudity and sexual innuendo minimal and instead relying on his sharp wit and deadpan delivery to ensure the show remains the right side of funny. Despite a loss of momentum in the middle and at times a little too much scripting, this is a mature and clever hour of comedy.
Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 25 Aug, 5.20pm, £10-£11 (£9-£10).