Breaking Up with Jesus

Comedy (solo show, storytelling)

  • theSpace on the Mile - Space 1
  • 21:45
  • Aug 19
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 18+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Joseph Richards
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Getting out of a toxic relationship is hard, especially when you happen to be dating Jesus Christ. Joseph Richards blends stand-up and dramatic storytelling on their journey back home to the Southern US to revisit their toxic ex. Along the way, audiences will meet a loving stepdad, a Baptist preacher and a pivotal nightgown. Join Joseph as they break up with Jesus nightly in this one-person show dealing with family, gender, sexuality, religion, loss and forgiveness.

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Lori Mitton 113 days ago

As an EXvangelical, this show was incredibly relatable. Joseph gave a performance that made the audience feel as though they were with him in his childhood/teenage years as he struggled with the betrayal he felt from Jesus. Go see this moving show!

Sami Doyle 115 days ago

This show is probably the best show that I have seen at the Fringe, alongside another one-person show called Breaking Open. Joseph Richards is such an engaging and captivating performer that I couldn’t look away. The show started filled with jokes and made me laugh so hard, but soon you realize these jokes are actually poignant expressions of Joseph’s fears and doubts. The show will most likely make you cry as Joseph bares their heart on the stage for all to see.

Victoria Crawley 119 days ago

I highly recommend this show. A great solo performance from Joseph, with a sharp witty script that was funny, engaging and moving. Asks the questions so many of us can relate to, in a refreshing and honest way. Go and see this show, 45 minutes very well spent.

Jalen McKoy 119 days ago

Absolutely fantastic show! Filled with humor and heart throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the show and Joey Richardson's ability to blend comedy and story-telling. All aspects of the show, from the performing, direction, lights, and sound, was amazing! I would even recommend this show to Christians.

Sheila Masson 119 days ago

This is a funny and poignant one man show, which incorporates 90's music and pop culture, and details the all too familiar realisation that your most intimate relationship is just... not working. Except this one is with Jesus. "Breaking up with Jesus" is a clever take on religion and the heartbreaking realisation of the damage that unchallenged ideologies can do to other relationships.

Priscilla Chan 120 days ago

The usual comedies make one laugh till it aches, not this. This makes one ache with its subtle revelations, before one can proceed to laugh off all the years of heartache. Thank you for bringing the tears to this supposed hardened heart.

Jim Etchison 120 days ago

Breaking Up With Jesus depicts something that millions have experienced but few are talking about: the agonizing journey out of an oppressive religion. Joseph Richards does a stand-up job, bearing his soul with fearless honesty. If you have left a religion, you will totally relate. If you haven’t, you will understand what it’s like. It’s funny and poignant. Go see it!

Steve Barreto 120 days ago

Saw this twice. An extraordinarily well written and performed piece tackling a challenging subject with humor, grace and refreshing honesty. Audience member quotes after seeing opening night included. “This performance was brave” and “The best show I have seen so far!” Not to be missed!!

Sean Davis 121 days ago

Breaking Up with Jesus (**)
The comedian starts off by saying “fuckin’” more than ten times in the first 30 seconds, and then goes on to treat his relationship with Jesus as a form of extended dating with three betrayals by Jesus. While the premise is sort of funny initially, it cannot sustain the whole show. Towards the end, I was just looking at my watch wishing time would move faster.

This is the 32nd most enjoyable of the 36 shows I have seen so far at the Fringe this year. I hope to see almost 200. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here. (4/5 stars) 108 days ago

It’s a deeply personal story, totally engaging, told with confidence and passion.

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