Jonny & the Baptists: The Satiric Verses
- Henry Northmore
- 19 August 2014
This article is from 2014.
Catchy songs from musical comedy double act are strongest when political at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Musical comedy double act Jonny & The Baptists (aka Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers) got an unlikely publicity boost earlier this year. After setting out on their 'Stop UKIP' tour and releasing a video on YouTube, the party sat up and took notice responding with a letter-writing campaign (even deputy leader Paul Nuttall put pen to paper) which got picked up by the nationals. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the letters were bizarre and filled with contrary standpoints and the hilarious highlights are read out here on stage. Perhaps they're an easy target but Donahoe and Gervers' message is spot on and brilliantly put across.
The pair are at their strongest when they keeps things political, with even their rousing closer 'Boom (Motherfucker)' carrying a message about racism and homophobia, but they still find time for pure filth with 'Buckets of Cum'. Not every song works (bashing estate agents feels like a routine from the 80s), but to witness them in full boisterous flight is a joy to behold. The between-song banter is pure gold as Jonny downs beers and unfeasibly large G&Ts and rum, essentially playing a big loveable good-natured drunk pontificating about the state of the world.
Whether you go and see Jonny & The Baptists at this year's Fringe or not, spread the word and join their campaign to reclaim the word 'Farage' to mean 'Bin Juice'. If enough people start using it in this context there's a chance it'll be the new 'twerking' or 'selfie' and find its way into the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 24 Aug, 9.40pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10).