Jonny Awsum: Sexy Noises
Musical comedy is feelgood frivolous fun at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
Jonny Awsum bounds on stage grinning from ear to ear, a mischievous twinkle in his eye, an acoustic guitar strapped round his neck. And the feelgood vibes never relent through this hour of musical comedy. The songs are similarly cheery and you can't help but chuckle along, swept up in the positive energy Awsum generates. It's just so friendly and good-natured that it's impossible to resist.
It's not the smartest show on the Fringe but there's a simple joyous pleasure to be had singing 'Down the Pub' to the tune of Take's That's 'Back for Good' at the top of your lungs or adding grunts and whoops to the show’s title track, 'Sexy Noises'. Everyone is issued a name badge on entry so you know to expect some audience participation but it's always good-natured and friendly, never mean-spirited.
Awsum isn't aiming for cutting satire or searching for answers to the big questions; all he wants is to put a smile on your face. It's all good clean fun, and while there might be some swearing, it's cheeky and irreverent rather than vicious and crude. Jonny Awsum's exuberance is infectious, pumping out into the crowd and lifting everyone's spirits. While Sexy Noises is a bit old-fashioned and totally frivolous, it’s undeniably fun.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 24 Aug, 10.15pm, £7.50--£8.50 (£6.50--£7.50).