John Robins: Hot Shame

Comedy (stand-up)

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Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, digital DJ, vibe-magnet, yells into a well. Join John Robins for his new stand-up show following the critically lauded sell-out smash, The Darkness of Robins. As well as receiving widespread acclaim for his radio show with Elis James, John Robins has gained a reputation as a stand-up for finding humour in our bleakest moments. Expect soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping-hot shame! Edinburgh Comedy Award winner 2017. As seen on Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, Live at the BBC, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. 'He fills the room with complicated joy' (Guardian).

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Julie Phillips 88 days ago

Really enjoyed this show 5*

Nina Taylor 90 days ago

Really enjoyed this show. Fast paced and interesting. He's that awkward guy we've all been at once in our lives. Turns his tragedies into comedies and it pays off.
4 out of 5 from me.

Alison Payne 96 days ago

enjoyed this show.. good concept that tied together with nice ending.. highly professional comedian with solid content.. could have pushed it further...

Nick Howells 103 days ago

I love John Robins. I love his comedy, I love his style, I love his radio shows, his love of beer, football, Partridge, Oxford, his camaraderie with Elis James, I’ve seen him many times, two years ago the Edinburgh Comedy Award win was well deserved. This time this show just misses the mark, for me. Still delivered in his usual style, still warm, still awkward, still full of shame, but something didn’t quite click for me. Maybe it was the fire alarm disrupting things before the show. It was funny, it was well delivered, some of the stories were good, and amusing, but dragged a little. The domestic applicance story (no spoilers) just went on a little too long, the New York night was going well then got into some tricky territory, not overly well reflective of him (according to past shows and radio shows - IMO), but it did finish on a cracking punchline! Solid show, if uninspiring, a solid 3.5/5 for me, big room, big audience, I hope he is insanely successful, but just missed something for me. It was good, it was 3.5/5, it’s better than half the shows I saw at the Fringe, just not at his usual levels.

Luke McGibbon 103 days ago

No gimmicks here, just some slick as fuck stand up. He's a virtuoso of storytelling.

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

John Robins turned his anxiousness into an art form when he won an Edinburgh Comedy Award two years ago with a heartfelt but hilarious show about his split from fellow comedian Sara Pascoe. There is nothing so headline-grabbing as a theme for the follow-up: topics include sexual misadventure in Manhattan,...

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Voice Magazine (3/5 stars) 91 days ago

It’s a good set; but probably best if you are, or know of a millennium man to get the most out of it.

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Robins depicts a life full of shameful incidents in his latest Fringe outing. It will come as no surprise to devotees of his podcast with Elis James that Robins is a worrier supreme. In Hot Shame, Robins reveals the extent to which his awkwardness attracts even...

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The List (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

Compelling stand-up hour from a maturing comedian...

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One4Review (4.5/5 stars) 97 days ago

John Robins shared the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2017 with his ‘break-up show’ and he is back this year selling out big rooms and exhibiting all the skills and more with his 2018 offering Hot Shame. Robins classes himself as … Read More ...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

Stop the search; we have a winner. The best routine about dehumidifiers at this – or indeed any – Fringe belongs to John Robins. ...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 103 days ago

Robins is the da Vinci of anxiety and self-doubt. He paints pictures with it, he sculpts jokes with it, he uses it in creative new ways to entertain us. This show flies. ...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 103 days ago

Last time John Robins brought a show to the Fringe (The Darkness of Robins), he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award – jointly with Hannah Gadsby. Noticeably absent in 2018, he’s back this year with his latest stand-up offering. This insightful storyteller isn’t like many other comedians. His humour isn’t easily...

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FringeReview 103 days ago

Better known as a radio presenter and for his comedy bromance with Elis James, John has not developed the stand up following of his peers. Although he started performing in 2005 and was part of a group of rising comedy talent, in terms of recognition John always seemed a little...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

If you’re John Robins, there’s always something to be anxious about. In his new show, Hot Shame, it’s dating, and damp. In its predecessor, it was a relationship breakup. Even when that show won the Edinburgh comedy award in 2017, Robins had cause to fret, as his triumph was overshadowed...

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