Jonny Pelham: Just Shout Louder (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Jonny Pelham: Just Shout Louder

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Confessional stories about liberal guilt and calling his girlfriend a bad name

Jonny Pelham identifies as odd. He's got some Daniel Kitson mannerisms in his awkward, anxious schtick, and also lots of stuff about gender politics, his new girlfriend and his webbed feet. He has a condition called popliteal pterygium syndrome, which he doesn't mention much this year, as he doesn't want it to be a defining thing, he says. It does come in handy sometimes though, he admits, when he forgets his principles and gets booked for well-paid gigs as a 'disabled' stand-up.

He's recently become more confident, and thanks his strange job in comedy for letting him have more fun these days after he'd spent years being immersed in academia beforehand. He looks up to his girlfriend and wants to be a better person for her: calling her the C-word was one of the most exhilarating things he's done recently, and he recommends the crowd do something similarly brave for a thrill.

Although some of the jokes don't quite work, he does a good job of working in his 'white liberal guilt' and left-leaning politics about Muslim-targeting and disability cuts to the confessional storytelling. Quite a lot of the old nerves are still there, but they don't seem to be doing him any harm if tonight's small-but-very appreciative crowd are anything to go by. If anything they make him more likeable.

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Jonny Pelham: Just Shout Louder

  • 3 stars

Phil McIntyre Entertainments As seen on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central and Live from the BBC. 'Brilliant stand-up' ( Jonny Pelham returns with a show about overcoming apathy. This year, Jonny has fallen in love, "completed" therapy, written a very good joke about Taylor Swift and had a most inopportunely…