Kiri Pritchard McLean: Victim, Complex (support act): The Firestation, Carlisle, 2019
The Comedy Reserve: Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh, 2019
#SaveLiveComedy: (Show 1): The Clapham Grand, London: Online: 2020
I went to see Kiri Pritchard McLean’s tour Victim, Complex at the Firestation, Carlisle in April 2019 and she welcomed her support act to the stage. Josh Jones is an extremely camp tour de force. The Manchester working class comic’s friendliness towards the crowd and energy he protruded from the stage let him get away with saying anything, however crude. He was exceptionally cutting with some very funny filthy jokes and stories and successfully warmed the audience up for the main act.
Jones was one quarter of The Comedy Reserve that I saw at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2019. Again, he had an innocent, smutty yet extremely warm delivery which immediately won over the full late-night audience.
The comedian was a guest on #SaveLiveComedy Show 1 that I watched online in August 2020 where the precise timing and delivery of his filthy jokes and stories easily won over the audience.
I hope that my blog reflects my love and respect of live stand up-comedy as its future appears to be extremely fragile because of the worldwide pandemic of 2020. It would be an extremely sad day to see the genre completely disappear. Stand-up comedy is one of the most positive things in life and it gives confidence and joy to those taking part and watching.