Spencer Jones: The Things We Leave Behind

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Beneath
  • 17:45
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Soho Theatre and United Agents
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience participation and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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


Edinburgh Comedy Award and double BAFTA-nominated professional idiot Spencer Jones is back with his brand-new show. The Things We Leave Behind is an absurd mash-up of comedy styles, mixing looped music, props, stand-up, turbo clowning and puppets for your eyes, ears and face. Star of the upcoming BBC series Mr Winner and The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk. 'One of the silliest, most consuming shows of the Fringe' ***** (Times). 'Unadulterated dumb genius' ****½ (Chortle.co.uk). 'Gleefully madcap' **** (Guardian). 'Solid belly laughs' **** (Scotsman). 'Utterly delightful' **** (Time Out).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. 5 steps down into space, For access via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • 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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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 49 days ago

When Spencer Jones first began making waves at the Fringe in 2015, he was hiding behind a character – The Herbert, a loveable, playful sort of dweeb who didn’t say much but had an uncanny eye for bringing everyday objects to life. As the years have passed, first with his...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 51 days ago

Spencer Jones’s new show is set in his house. He stumbles in late, flicks on the light – and finds an audience sat there among the half-made props and Things We Leave Behind. That’s his title – because Jones has been on a mission to salvage other people’s detritus and...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 52 days ago

Spencer Jones is the stuff of Marie Kondo's nightmares. The Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Award- and double-BAFTA-nominated professional nutjob appears to be a stranger to the art of decluttering. Instead of throwing his random rubbish away, the absurdist has stock...

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The List (3/5 stars) 52 days ago

Props and pranks that keep the world's woes away for an hour...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 57 days ago

With not one but two BBC comedy vehicles out this year, you might imagine that Spencer Jones had left the Fringe behind....

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Fest (3/5 stars) 58 days ago

Millions more now know comedian Spencer Jones, as Kempe in BBC's Upstart Crow. And yet they may still not know that he can deliver the best prop-based gags in the business. He's still got it. Few can do with a couple of spoons, or an old telphone, what Jones can...

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 60 days ago

Musing on parenthood and the passing of time in his most personal show yet, Jones invites the audience to share his child’s-eye view of the world in an utterly charming hour of escapism.

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 61 days ago

Spencer Jones is the king of clutter. He finds bits of rubbish abandoned at the side of the road and turns them into puppets, Heath-Robinson contraptions and joyous visual gags. The Bafta-nominated clown takes a similar cobbled-together approach to music. Recording his “ums”, “ers” and throwaway comments onstage, he ingeniously...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 61 days ago

Spencer Jones’ mix of prop comedy, songs, stand-up and clowning combine to make a very special hour of non-stop laughs. He has a never-ending supply of toys, gags, tricks and winks  which he can't wait to use on you. He has a love for comedy and performing, and we love...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 65 days ago

Last time he was at the Fringe, in 2017, Spencer Jones added a narrative about going to an audition to his gleefully child-like prop comedy. There’s no such story this time, except perhaps the ongoing acknowledgement that creating all the daft items he plays with is not exactly conducive to...

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 66 days ago

More than anyone else in comedy, Spencer Jones knows how to make his own fun. You can see his homemade prop comedy on BBC2 in The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk. Yet even though those ten-minute episodes are ram-jammed with niftily silly ideas, it’s only when you share a room with...

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FringeReview 67 days ago

Absurd and surrealist comedian, Spencer Jones, returns to Edinburgh with his new show, bringing us mayhem, anarchy, randomness and surprise. The show opens with Spencer entering into a darkened theatre, we hear only his voice and slowly the roller-coaster sets off. When the lights come up his appearance is a...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 69 days ago

Spencer Jones took last year’s Edinburgh Fringe off, but did he waste his time idling? Not a chance. The comic has been beavering away like a cross between Rene Magritte and Arthur Steptoe, with not only a son but a daughter too, assembling a rambling, silly, and very funny show...

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