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Rhod Gilbert: The Book Of John (Blue Jeans Management)

By | Published on Thursday 22 August 2019

Since his last stand-up tour seven years ago, Rhod Gilbert’s life has been a whirlwind: his mum died, his dad had a heart attack, he battled with infertility, and he had a stroke while sitting on the toilet. With Gilbert now medically unfit to drive, his chauffeur John is introduced to assist with the comedian’s hectic lifestyle, and it’s John’s stubborn, dopey behaviour that inspires Gilbert’s latest stand-up routine. John’s inane beliefs incense Gilbert, which translates into an ardent comedic display where he doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Some segments are overstretched and perhaps hyperbolic – such as his confusion over whether he’s masturbating in a cup in the correct room at the fertility clinic – but this comeback was well worth the wait.

Pleasance at EICC, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Kieran Scott]