Following a surprising (and culturally deeply unsettling) sell-out smash-hit ruin* at the Edinburgh fringe, this mindbogglingly awful (and disquietingly successful) idea for a comedy
extravaganza face-plants into the VAULT Festival. JLR wrangles together an all-star cast of the best comedians and worst idiots into creating a never-before-seen adaptation of an unadaptable text.
Previous catastrophic attempts include Francis Fukuyama's discredited political treatise The End of History, post-structuralist Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse, the iTunes Terms and
Conditions, Ulysses & Á la Recherche du Temps Perdu. February's treats will be revealed each night.
*This is a typo for “ruin” but has been kept for posterity.Book Now
John-Luke Roberts is a comedian, actor and writer. His sitcom Bull, co-written with Gareth Gwynn, aired on UKTV Gold and starred Robert Lindsay and Maureen Lipman. He has written for Have I Got News For You, Newzoids and Nevermind the Buzzcocks, and received the BBC Radio Comedy Writers Bursary in 2009. His is currently touring the UK with his critically-acclaimed show, After Me Comes the Flood (But in French) drip splosh splash drip BLUBBP BLUBBP BLUBBPBLUBBPBLUBBP!!
John-Luke trained under Philippe Gaulier. He has created six solo shows for the Edinburgh Fringe between 2010 and 2019 - all of which have been critically acclaimed, with several Soho Theatre transfers. As an actor he has appeared in Channel 4’s Babylon, Radio 4’s Welcome To Our Village, and played Nigel Mainpart in his sitcom Bull. He played Graeme in the world tour and West End run of hit parody play Graeme of Thrones.
He is the co-founder of hugely successful Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, which he hosts with co-co-founder (also a co-founder) and nemesis Thom Tuck. The ACMS aims to celebrate Noble Failure, and give a home to the strange and different in live comedy. The club has had residencies at the Soho Theatre, The New Red Lion, and The Bill Murray. Channel 4 commissioned a series of Blaps based on the club, directed by Chris Shepherd, which John-Luke wrote and starred in.Book Now
The Telegraph ★★★★ " The unique concept brings out some truly inventive tomfoolery: it’s everything you could want from a left-field, late-night Fringe cabaret... Fight for a ticket”
Praise for All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy! :
Fest Magazine ★★★★★ "Freewheeling escapism...A joy"
One4Review ★★★★★ "A masterpiece...The show is exquisite, with every last element fine-tuned to perform its function"
Chortle ★★★★.5 "A relentless tempest of insanely inspired shenanigans; a dizzying parade of mad skits and eccentric characters, all built on a nugget of peculiar innovation...Unflaggingly funny"
The Telegraph ★★★★ "an impeccably choreographed, giddily inventive, turbo-charged hour"
The Times ★★★★ "a hit"
The Guardian ★★★★ "Killer gags...glorious idiocy"
The List ★★★★ “Mind warping hour which follows through brilliantly on its own absurd logic...relentlessly funny"
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