Jonny Awsum: Honey, I Promised the Kid

18/08/17

Just the Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

When Jonny Awsum rashly promised his infant daughter that one day he’d play live at the 20,000 seater O2 Arena, little did he suspect that he was embarking on an epic quest to try and make it happen – one that would lead him in some unexpected directions.

This amiable one-man show, staged in what must be the Caves’ most salubrious room, is funny and heartwarming stuff, particularly as it’s all based on a true story and even features recorded interjections from the daughter herself (now aged six). Awsum is an engaging performer, who soon has the entire audience singing along and clapping their hands. His witty songs and amusing PowerPoint illustrations help to stitch the whole thing together,

After watching a lot of standup it’s really heartening to see a comedy performance this well-constructed and thoroughly thought-through. You’ll laugh in all the right places and marvel at the man’s evident brio. As to whether Awsum manages to deliver on that promise… well, I’m afraid you’ll have to watch the show to find out.

Suffice to say you’ll doubtless leave as I did – with a great big smile on my face.

4 stars

Philip Caveney

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