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Josh Weller: Age Against The Machine

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2023

Before comedy, Josh Weller had a good go at launching himself as a music star. He got signed to the biggest record company in the world, banked a sizable advance cheque and got sent into the studio with a pop-making producer. The hits, however, did not follow. The advance got spent. And then the label dropped him. In ‘Age Against The Machine’, Weller re-tells that story, dishing a little dirt on the music industry, and finding plenty of comedy in both the music business and his younger self chasing some musical dreams. It makes for a compelling and entertaining show, backed up by some funny asides that capitalise on Weller’s music-making abilities and an obvious passion for pop music. You leave convinced that music’s loss is definitely comedy’s gain.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Chris Cooke]