Jonny Pelham: Off Limits

Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)

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  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
    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

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Jonny has something to say that’s usually off-limits for dating, family gatherings, hanging out with mates and most social situations really… So what better place to talk about it than in a comedy show with a bunch of strangers? Off Limits is a personal, provocative and hilarious hour that should not be missed this festival. **** (Sunday Times). **** (Mirror). **** (Scotsman). 'The laughs are explosive' **** ( 'His storytelling has them all entranced for an hour' **** (Skinny). As seen on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central and Live from the BBC.

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  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 52 days ago

A million comedians do shows about their misadventures on the dating scene. Only Jonny Pelham explains his awkwardness with women by talking about the two years of sexual abuse he went through as a child. Is this a topic that comedy can handle? Pelham absolutely convinces you it is. His...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 54 days ago

Like Hannah Gadsby and Richard Gadd before him, Jonny Pelham is revisiting experiences latent in his previous Fringe hours. ...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 56 days ago

An iron law of Edinburgh shows is that your trauma is your big reveal. So it’s a jolt in more ways than one when Jonny Pelham tells us, right up top, that he was sexually assaulted at the age of eight. He didn’t admit it – barely even to himself...

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The Skinny (3/5 stars) 59 days ago

The abuse Jonny Pelham suffered is in no way a secret to be revealed during the course of Off Limits; it’s dropped as a punchline five minutes in. And although Pelham’s childhood experience is the catalyst for the show, it’s more of a redemptive piece on how to move on...

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The List (3/5 stars) 59 days ago

Important and difficult show about trauma...

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 60 days ago

Is it possible to wring a n hour of breezy, beguiling stand-up from having been repeatedly raped at the age of eight? It sounds close to impossible, and yet that is exactly what Jonny Pelham does in his terribly moving but also very funny new show.

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 62 days ago

Jonny Pelham has always been a really solid comedian, quality material and a pleasing stage demeanour has always been part of his armoury and this 2019 offering is no exception. After the usual icebreaking stuff one expects Pelham is straight … Read More ...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 63 days ago

When a sudden and spectacular waterfall plummeting from the venue's ceiling isn't the biggest shock of the evening, then you know you've seen an incredibly special show. It starts routinely enough with an...

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The Herald [paywall] (5/5 stars) 65 days ago

'Strap yourselves in,' is one of the most over-used openers in Fringe comedy. Everyone using it deserves an on-the-spot fine. Everyone that is, except Jonny Pelham. It turns out that the buckle-up advice in the Bradford comic's confessional hour, Off Limits is fair warning.You're accompanying him on a remarkable emotional...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 65 days ago

Up to one in six men has been sexually assaulted, according to some statistics. Yet the seriousness and the taboo around the topic means it seldom crops up in comedian’s shows, even now the trend for addressing trauma is well-established.  ...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 70 days ago

Jonny Pelham’s confessional show tells of his being sexually abused when he was eight, and the psychological and emotional work he has had to do since in response. With such a traumatic theme it’s a testament to Pelham’s comic skill that he manages to deliver a thoughtful and insightful hour...

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