Josh Jones’ debut hour of standup at the Fringe is full of filth, and full of fun.
“Waste of Space” is some of his best material, in the sense that it’s the material he’s written that he personally enjoys the most. It’s not even what he believes to be the most well-written comedy he has in his roster. This importance to enjoy himself over everything else is reflected in his personality, not many comedians would shelve the writing they believe is more topical or high-brow for the sake of having fun but it certainly pays off.
Because he’s gay, Josh feels he cannot do some of the material that straight comedians do and get the same reaction from the audience. After spending the beginning of his career gigging in hard man pubs in Manchester, he has not had many opportunities to talk very openly about his relationships and intimacy. But this is an arts festival, so he’s leaving no topic untouched.
He talks about being made to feel less intelligent by some of his friends, and he jokes about how he wants to write a high-brow, political show to appear smarter but he doesn’t have enough of an interest. Although he may be selling himself short, there are a few important issues that sneak their way into the show such as class, stereotyping of regional accents and learning where he fits in with the gay community. Perhaps he is an intelligent, cerebral comedian after all.
His material is hilarious, as is the delivery, and his stage presence is so upbeat and bright that you can’t help but hang on his every word. If you are looking for fun, lighthearted comedy that’s a bit on the mature side, this is some of the best you’ll find.
Josh Jones: Waste of Space, 20:30, Pleasance Courtyard, August 13-14, 16-28.