John Robertson: Dominant (4 stars)

John Robertson: Dominant

A hilariously uncomfortable and largely improvised musing on sex stuff

If you're looking for an easy way into the weird and wonderful, then this show might just be the perfect thing. It's a challenging, uncomfortable and hilarious set from John Robertson, a self-declared oddball. This bondage-loving, musical-theatre aficionado dabbles in his own unique take on stand-up comedy, so prepare to be on edge as he takes many members of the audience to town in an impressively astute and witty manner.

The show jumps riotously from discussions around S&M to sexual awakening, but the real selling point is the comedian's ability to improvise. With the vast majority based on unrehearsed audience interaction, it creates a highly engaging and natural performance. The antithesis of an over-rehearsed or over-performed comedy routine, Dominant won't be the same on any two evenings.

Full of sexually explicit themes, and a climax involving audience members whipping Robertson as he sings Frank Sinatra, the show's genius lies in the comedian's ability to captivate and entertain. This is a fantastic example of the eccentricity and brilliance of the Fringe, with an audience taken out of their comfort zone while being kept totally amused.

The Stand V, until 27 Aug (not 14), 6.15pm, £9 (£8).

John Robertson: Dominant

  • 4 stars

CatFace Talent / John Robertson / The Stand Comedy Club More unstructured stand-up from the Cardinal of Chaos, the Ayatollah of Abuse, the Duke of Puke, John Robertson. Chaotic, spontaneous, loud. A truly unique live experience. ★★★★★ (Skinny). ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). ★★★★ (Scotsman). ★★★★ (List). ★★★★ (Edinburgh Festivals…

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