Jazz Emu: You Shouldn't Have

Comedy (music, stand-up)

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    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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In 2016, Jazz Emu played the biggest gig he'd ever landed at the Helsinki Velodrome. But during his between-song patter, he carelessly insulted one of his biggest fans. What he said doesn't bear repeating, but let's say the Scandinavian Goblin community may never look him in the eye again. Now he's back to clear his name and regain his former glory. Will he be able to surmount the insurmountable and get every single person in the world to like him? Or is it time for him to face the music?

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Patrons enter the building via either 3 shallow steps or the platform lift. Please note: the platform lift is only suitable for manual wheelchairs and not power wheelchairs. Doonstairs can be accessed via the building lift to the Basement floor. The Accessible toilet is located on the Basement level. Please make yourself known to a member of staff (in a pink t-shirt) if you require assistance or require a specific seat.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

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Kaden 41 days ago

When I found out that jazz emu was doing a show at the Edinburgh fringe I simply had to go. Personally, I was expecting the hits, some songs, bits of standup nothing more. This would've been fine, great even, but somehow jazz emu manages to go above and beyond and create the magnum opus that is You Shouldn't Have. Not only are the songs funky, the comedy hillarious, the electric sax solos dirty, jazz has constructed a narrative to go along with it giving him only 1 hour to redeem his past actions and make everyone love him again. Past actions, you say? Correct. Poking fun at creators "apologising for their actions," jazz sells apology merch and paints himself as the victim. Now he is tasked with redeeming himself, he sings and plays along to backing tracks of his songs some accompanied with brand new visuals. He also does the song Sexier completely live with a looper, a keyboard, a drum machine, and an electrical sax. The comedic interludes aren't just placed to make the show longer, they are some of jazz's best work and some even steer the narrative further. The show ends with the morally ambiguous 'NICE' which blurs the line between person and character and is basically a reverse redemption arc. Why aren't more shows like this??

Kira 41 days ago

Had no idea what to expect going in I but was absolutely blown away. Not only the best Fringe show I’ve seen but the best comedy I have ever seen in my life! So inventive, entertaining and POLISHED! A multimedia extravaganza that can’t be missed. I entered that room a boy and came out a man. Long live funk!!!

Grace Harper 42 days ago

Weird, wonderful and deliciously funky, Jazz Emu brings originality a-plenty. Having been force fed his YouTube videos by my other half in the months leading up to the Festival, it was nice to see familiar songs like Miami and English Language performed live. I have a linguistics degree so the latter had me in stiches. A wacky and thoroughly entertaining hour.

Angus 42 days ago

Amazing performance - long time fan blown away by one of the tightest shows I've ever seen. Would recommend to anyone.

Casey Wells 42 days ago

Had me in stitches. A hilarious and musical night out!

Steven Smith 43 days ago

Decided to see this absolutely on a whim as I was passing by just as it was starting. Glad that I did. Very funny. Like Flight of the Conchords with the absurdity dialled up!

Anya Kirk 45 days ago

Absolutely incredible show!!! Jazz Emu's many talents astound. My friends and I left with sore cheeks from laughing so hard, and the songs are still stuck in my head. This is a multimedia spectacular that you MUST see.

Peter Vaughan 47 days ago

Simply exceptional.
Without a doubt, the best show of the fringe so far (having seen 20 so far)
He manages to tell a story interspersed with music and infused with comedy, but performed with such precision that you could be forgiven for thinking that you were watching a professional West End Musical.

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British Comedy Guide 41 days ago

Archie Henderson's character is already an online musical star, but this live show hints he could become a superstar in the future.

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The List (5/5 stars) 41 days ago

The onslaught of wit and foolery is relentlessly brilliant, executed with musical and physical panache.

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Telegraph (5/5 stars) 41 days ago

a work of genius

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

This perfectly pitched, daft hour of character comedy is a revelation!

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Fest Mag (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

His absurd physicality, added to impressive wordsmithery and musical aptitude, puts Jazz Emu up there as a master of most of the trades he’s plying.

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

With a visual and audio aesthetic all his own, Jazz Emu offers so many inventive, quirky ideas here that transcend the clunky narrative for a thoroughly entertaining hour in a world of his own making.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

You Shouldn’t Have is a big, confident blend of surrealism, slapstick (Henderson has the physical presence of a young John Cleese and knows how to use it) and genuinely impressive musicianship.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

It's an experience like nothing you've ever imagined

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