John-Luke Roberts: Stdad-Up (3 stars)

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John-Luke Roberts / PBH's Free Fringe

An idiotic comedy show about having and then not having a father, and how stupid you need to make yourself look to get away with speaking ill of the dead. A brand new, incredibly silly show from the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society co-host and Radio 4 News Quiz writer, who's currently training with Philippe Gaulier. ‘Intelligent, precise and deadly funny’ ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘A comic who's prepared to push both himself and his audience in the pursuit of new laughs, of unorthodox, never-been-tried-before routes to the funny.’ (Guardian).

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