Jonny Pelham: Optimism Over Despair

Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Upstairs
  • 18:50
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Avalon / Strip Light Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: This show will contain strong language and themes of an adult nature.
  • 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


Jonny told the nation his biggest secret. He's pretty sure it was a mistake. Find out why in this candid and bitingly funny new show. As seen on Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, Alan Davies' As Yet Untitled, Live From the BBC. Co-host of the hit podcast Failing Better with Sean Mcloughlin. Herald Angel winner and Chortle Award nominee. ***** (Herald). 'Kind of extraordinary' **** (Guardian). **** (Times). **** (Telegraph). **** ( **** (Scotsman).

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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: 20+
    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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Millie Thorne 40 days ago

I saw this show towards the begging of the fringe and have been recommending ever since. Really funny, clever and took such a dark subject and somehow made it hilarious. Very unexpected but one of our top picks! Highly recommend

Ned Fowden 40 days ago

We obviously caught Jonny on a bad day because he clearly did not want to be there.

His inane chat with the lone chap at the front was a complete disconnect from anything funny and the rest of the audience just left to our own devices for a few minutes.

The few bits of the routine that he clearly felt comfortable with did land but sadly it was far more misses than hits.

It felt like his run at the Fringe should have ended at least a week ago before he became too bored with his own material.

Easily the worst show that I have personally seen at the Fringe so far and we’ve only got 2 more days out of 8 to go.

Andrew Hamer 43 days ago

Jonny Pelham has now been around for a few years and I've been looking forward to seeing him live. Unfortunately hearing him criticise the audience for not laughing at a joke proved to be a low point at this years fringe. It's no good telling an audience that a joke killed the night before. It's the night you are performing that matters and blaming the crowd for a below par gig is a lazy response. Hopefully it was just Fringe fatigue and the rest goes well.

Anya 47 days ago

I really enjoyed this show. Great comedy, made me laugh throughout and I feel Jonny really made a connection with the audience. I appreciated him talking openly about important topics as well!

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LondonTheatre1 (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

Compelling and thought-provoking stuff.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine 49 days ago

He rolls with the hecklers and matches the audience’s energy while always staying true to the story he’s come to tell.

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