John Tothill: The Last Living Libertine

Comedy (stand-up)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Below
  • 20:30
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Country Mile Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: This show will contain strong language and sexual references.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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 2 years


Join John Tothill, the Last Living Libertine [citation needed], for an evening of exaggeration, emancipation and dense theoretical speculation in a show that straddles cabaret and TEDTalk (also known as stand-up comedy). Don't be shy, fill full your cups with this debut hour all about pleasure, performed by a gushing bon vivant to an audience of conventionally attractive comedy-goers. Featuring almost exclusively sleepover-style gossip, dressed up in a way that feels more important than that (but isn't). Directed by Adam Brace. Winner of the 2Northdown New Act Competition 2022. As seen on Hinge.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Queue in cobbled courtyard. Access to space via locked lift, please notify venue ahead of your visit if you require use of the lift and ask at Info Shed upon arrival for access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Alexa Clark 29 days ago

Recommended by a friend, so glad I went to see John’s show. Where do I begin? I’ve never belly-laughed so hard at such a hilarious and cleverly-thought-through stand up routine. Don’t want to give anything away as you genuinely need to hear the twists and turns straight from the horse’s mouth (and I could never do justice to John’s impeccable comedic timing even if I tried!) MAKE SURE you have this on your list to see at the Fringe. John is surely a future comedic star in the making!

th 33 days ago

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The best word I can use to describe this is ‘electric’ — I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ll never see anything like it again. Sadly for John, it means I’m struggling to know what to say about it other than my GOD… It’s one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen, and is completely original, and bizarrely immersive – the world that John conjures is done mostly with words and charm… and I’ve never wanted to stay anywhere more. People are usually terrified of crowd work – I think this was the only show I’ve ever seen where I was desperate for John to talk to me. As was everyone else. John’s always been on my radar as someone doing funny stuff for years, but wow: this show delivered a piece of genius right into our laps. I laughed so hard he asked me if I was having an asthma attack. That’s never happened before, but I really hope it happens again.

Richard Mellish 36 days ago

Before the show started the sound system was delivering a loud monotonous beat. That is a NO-NO for me so I gave up and can offer no opinion on any other aspect.

Sara Cormeny 45 days ago

What a delightful brainy comic trip through history, the church, and techno music. For all the good looking nerds with questionable moral scruples, Casanova would have loved it.

Kate Lyonette 46 days ago

I adored this show. Gloriously fun and funny. I am recommending it to history graduates, teachers, Catholics (lapsed, cultural, and practising), meal preppers, libertines, and people who went to primary school.

B O'Keefe 49 days ago

A slutty primary school RE/History lesson, delivered by Stephen Merchant and Prince Harry's lovechild with mannerisms reminiscent of the late great Anna Mann. He really is cooking with this. He works the crowd like an orchestral conductor, whilst using the language of a school teacher. The whole crowd was laughing every damn second. A triumph.

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 29 days ago

A very promising debut indeed.

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 31 days ago

A delicious persona and masterful crowdwork.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 35 days ago

Tothill's imagination and knack for structure is admirable

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To Do List (5/5 stars) 39 days ago

John Tothill delivers an absolute masterclass in audience control

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Lost in Theatreland (5/5 stars) 40 days ago

His energy is infectious, his intelligence astounding, his method of delivery is completely unique, and his comedic timing and delivery are impeccable.

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