John Porter – Lunatic (of the) Fringe

Spotlites Venue

08-12th Aug

18.45

£5 (£3)

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Material : three-stars Delivery : Inline image 3 Laughs : three-stars

John is a story-telling comedian who takes you through a mixture of his own life story, little segments of his personal observations and occasionally ties-in formatted jokes. For me, John’s material has potential to be knock-out funny, but his delivery is  well-off being fully honed.  At the moment, John is concentrating on self deprecation as a tool to sarcastically induce a laugh from the crowd. However, it didn’t pay off for me. It is a dangerous style of comedy because if not measured correctly, it can leave the audience feeling pitiful.
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Cynicism and darkness are of course, styles of comedy, and can be great when measured correctly. I found John to be a bit more of a depressed Peter Kay, rather than the lunatic, Jerry Sadowitz. So I would encourage John to fight the fear and use them peepers to help the energy flow back and forth between him and his observers. John may know himself, but I think he still needs to find himself on stage. John has drive and a relaxed demeanour; essential for the job! He clearly has a thick skin and this makes him resilient. I think if John worked on mastering his craft a little differently, to tweak his raw ability, then he will be one to watch for next year.

Reviewer : Bobbi McKenzie 

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