Jonny Awsum: Honey, I Promised the Kid
- Rowena McIntosh
- 22 August 2017
Solid storytelling with songs, slides and stand-up
If you didn't watch the last series of Britain's Got Talent then, *spoiler alert*, comedian Jonny Awsum got to the semi-final. While BGT success wasn't the end goal for Awsum, it can probably take some credit for his packed-out shows given that his audition video has over 1.3m YouTube views. The reality programme was just a stepping stone in his personal quest to keep a promise to his daughter Mabel that he would one day play London's O2.
This journey is the framework for his show and Awsum tells it through a mixture of stand-up, songs and slide show. His singing style is reminiscent of Frank Turner, a talk-singing with a strong storytelling focus. With words displayed on the screen behind him, the audience is all too happy to join in with some backing vocals as he runs through the entertainers he sent letters to asking for help.
Elements of the show, such as footage of him singing as a kid, are a bit self-indulgent. A song about texting an acquaintance for a favour demonstrates Awsum's comic abilities, as does the sheer ballsy confidence he exudes in his audition video, but the majority of this undeniably touching show isn't overly funny. It is, however, a story definitely worth hearing.
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