john kearns

Review: Twisted Loaf, Soho Theatre, W1

I have watched shows from some strange places in the past, but this was the first time I had to watch the first ten minutes through a crack in the door. Having arrived one minute late for Twisted Loaf's show Half-Baked I had to wait for a suitable break to nip in. Once in I felt I should have watched the rest of this weird, discombobulating, occasionally sexy and frequently disturbing set through a crack in my hands.

Opinion: John Kearns – The Early Years

Jack De'Ath, of comedy promoters Laugh Out London, was one of the people who identified the oddball talents of Foster's Award winner John Kearns before he received much wider public acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival and beyond. In this piece, first published on the Laugh Out London website, De'Ath remembers the early anarchic, chaotic gigs.


Opinion: When The Audience Doesn't Get The Joke

It’s been a funny week when it comes to getting the joke. On Wednesday night I went to the first night of the Greenwich Comedy Festival. The perfect-looking National Maritime Museum, by the way, must be one of the most beautiful, most symmetrical places that a comedy tent has ever been pitched.

The Week Ahead: Sept 22 - 28

This is a really big week for comedy, kicking off on Monday with the Funny Women Final at the Leicester Square Theatre. Unfortunately this is invite-only this year, but BTJ will be letting you know who has won as soon as the results are in. You can read a full preview here.

News: John Kearns To Play London Shows

The 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns will be playing an extended run of his prize-winning show Shtick in London this autumn. Kearns will be at the Soho Theatre from September 24 to October 18. Last year's Foster's Award winner Bridget Christie broke box office records when she brought her acclaimed show, A Bic For Her, to the same venue. Foster's Best Newcomer Alex Edelman is also expected to announce dates at the Soho Theatre for his show, Millennial.

Opinion: Brains Beats Banter Again

So John Kearns won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award today. The first ever Best Newcomer to win the main prize in the following year and, perhaps more significantly, the first Free Fringe performer to win the Edinburgh Comedy Award. The Free Fringe has been having more of an impact every year since Imran Yusuf first picked up a Best Newcomer nomination, but that’s another story. I want to celebrate and discuss Kearns’ victory here.


Edinburgh Review: John Kearns

Voodoo Rooms


My friend says that John Kearns is a genius on a par with Samuel Beckett. He really is very good, but I don’t think he is quite that good. But don't listen to me, go and see his latest show and make up your own minds.


Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Bridget Christie

As Edinburgh previews go, this one is pretty unmissable. To draw a topical analogy it’s a bit like Spain playing a pre-World Cup friendly, but with more laughs. Christie won the Foster’s Comedy Award in 2013 with A Bic For Her and follows it up this year with An Ungrateful Woman. Tonight's show at the Camden Head, however, is still very much a work-in-progress.

Preview: The Week Ahead Jan 13 - 19

Normally I plan my Edinburgh Fringe gig-going with tedious military precision, but one late night last August I was at a bit of a loss and wandered into The Tron pub to check out a comedian I didn't know much about. Liam Williams, who is also in the highly-regarded-by-Tim-Key sketch group Sheeps, was doing his solo show and it was one of those lucky finds, an enticing mix of northern flights of fancy and gritty Leeds-based autobiography.


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