Joz Norris Is Dead. Long Live Mr Fruit Salad.

Comedy (absurdist, solo show)

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  • 16:40
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Joz Norris
  • Warnings and additional info: Venue Age Restriction: Strictly 18+. Buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry or Pay What You Want at the venue. Audience Participation, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Joz Norris has retired or possibly died, who cares? All that matters is Mr Fruit Salad, a fictional chimaera he created as a form of self-care, has developed autonomy and is putting on a solo show. Absurdist meditation on anxiety and grief performed by an idiot from Pontefract who doesn't exist. Sell-out show at VAULT Festival and Leicester Comedy Festival 2019. As seen/heard on BBC3, Channel 4, ITV2, Dave and BBC Radio 4. 'An absolute idiot... Simple, silly and screamingly funny' (Fest). 'A comedy legend' (

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Sara Sparrow 86 days ago

I have to be honest - my experience of absurdist/surrealist comedy prior to seeing this show was limited to The Mighty Boosh. As such I didn't really know what I was letting myself in for when I came to see Mr Fruit Salad, only that I find Joz really funny so I thought I'd give it a go.

I am SO glad I did! Mr Fruit Salad was an utterly bizarre, charming, ridiculous hour of weird in the middle of my week and it was so beautifully crafted I left with a smile on my face that didn't budge for the rest of the day.

Visually stunning as well as funny, Joz Norris has created something unique and precious this Fringe, and I'm incredibly happy to have been a part of it.

Jon Purkis 93 days ago

Joz Norris is Dead is a masterpiece in absurd comedy. The character of Mr. Fruit Salad is so silly and inept and adorable that every line had us in fits of laughter.

Full of surprises, the greatest being a touching, heartfelt moment. Incredible.

Serena Langley 94 days ago

I saw over 30 shows at the fringe this year and this one was my favourite, despite the fact that we only saw it by chance! I laughed so much my face hurt and I couldn't breathe. Absurd comedy that reminded me (in its silliness) of Reeves and Mortimer or The Mighty Boosh. But such a beautiful message of self care and love weaved into it as well. Very well done to Joz Norris, he deserves ALL the awards :-)

Katherine Plumb 100 days ago

Brilliant hour of charming hilarity! The familiar character of Mr. Fruit Salad guides you through poignant moments of existentialism and beautiful, yet tragic encounters we have all inhabited in our lives. My cheeks hurt so much from smiling and laughing and wincing too! This is exactly what I needed from the fringe and was an absolute gem to see, I wanted to see it again as soon as I left the venue.

Philip Alexander 102 days ago

There have not, & never will be, any ways by which one can properly describe a Joz Norris show. Just know that he is one of the best, most creative performers there is &, if you don’t get a chance to see his show, you will have really missed out on something special.

Anoushka Bonwick 105 days ago

Fantastic show- brilliantly constructed and I did a lot of cry laughing- Joz has such a unique comic voice and his show will be like no other you see at the fringe- can’t recommend this enough

Luke McGibbon 106 days ago

Best show I've seen at the fringe this year. It is not just a show but a tremendous bag of tricks, with a beating heart. Mr fruit salad gives us JUST enough information to piece together what's happened in Joz Norris's life to explain what's going on. Hilarious and touching. It's hard for any performer to find the balance between the two but he does.

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 87 days ago

Mr Norris seems to pour his heart and soul into his craft, and so what might have been simply ‘forty minutes of nonsense and a bit of scripted stand-up material’ is transformed into a – admittedly still silly and a … Read More...

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Chortle (3.5/5 stars) 89 days ago

Here’s a show that takes a bit of a turn. Joz Norris has been doing absurdist, indulgent, occasionally inspired shows for a little while now, and for about 45 minutes here, that’s what we get. ...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 90 days ago

Rarely does something so completely off the chain also seem like a meticulously planned passion project. However, this is exactly what Long Live Mr Fruit Salad feels like. After being treated to a brief game of ‘find Mr Fruit Salad,’ you are launched into a cavern of absurdity with strange...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

Joz Norris has spoken about his mental health problems and the impact upon him of performing. Yet he still needs to be creative to try to make sense of his discordant thoughts. So the compromise he's reached is Mr Fruit Salad, a manic, flailing alter-ego behind outsize beard, sunglasses and...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 108 days ago

Despite the title, it transpires that Joz Norris is not dead, but is merely busy having a bath. This begins the unexpected and delightfully unpredictable course that this show-within-a-show takes, and frankly I was extremely grateful for Joz’ extended ablutions as it allowed the deeply layered yet weird character of...

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