Edinburgh previews shows - Jonny Awsum & Juliette Burton
Upstairs @ The Western, 25 June 2017
'two plus hours of comedy for less than the price of a packet of cigarettes'
Review by: Paul Towers, 25 June 2017
Back at Upstairs at The Western for another Edinburgh Festival preview show. Again two plus hours of comedy for less than the price of a packet of cigarettes. How can you not be satisfied?
Jonny Awsum (not his real name as he amusingly revealed) was a semi finalist on this year's Britain's Got Talent. He is like a grown up children's entertainer who regaled us with a lovely tale of attempting to fulfil a promise he made to his daughter when she was a babe in arms five years ago. Interspersed with the highs and lows of his journey are a bevy of great original songs and amusing stories which move the narrative along. Not only does he write the songs and strum along on a guitar but there is also tons of audio visuals to go with it.
Funnily enough his appearance on BGT appears only as an almost postscript to his travails.
The other half of this great double bill is Juliette Burton heading to Edinburgh for her third successive Fringe. Juliette's comedy is that of awkwardness and middle class angst. Looking a lot like the lost child of Anneka Rice, she tries to explain how she copes with her multiple mental illnesses while still attempting to be more kind to herself and those around her. Again she interspersed her comedy with video links and audio samples. At times it did seem like we were eavesdropping on her therapy session but it was all lifted up with her self deprecating sense of the absurd humour in her life.
Both artistes are on tour up to and beyond the Edinburgh Festival
Jonny Awsum's tour dates can be found on www.jonnyawsum.com
Juliette Burton's website is www.julietteburton.co.uk
Paul Towers: http://ptheatre.blogspot.co.uk/