​John Robertson: Dominant

Highly unconventional - standard Robertson.

​John Robertson: Dominant

This is what John Robertson tweeted out about his show, and it's not difficult to see why.

Dominant gets its name from the BDSM type of Dominant, and is a celebration of all things sexual. Robertson talks about his polygamous relationship, the time he hired a sex dungeon, his attendance at sex parties (and how the success of The Dark Room is affecting it) and his overall growth of confidence in the last year.

That was the theme of the show, but it's only a small part of what was talked about. The show is categorised as improv, and that feels exceptionally accurate, as it's hard to believe when watching him that he has a plan.

A lot of the time he is simply riffing off of the audience - or more accurately stomping through the audience looking for targets. His lack of microphone simply means he isn't tethered to the stage, and his seems to relish in prowling through a slightly uncomfortable crowd.

No-one is safe, especially the young, who Robertson appears particularly annoyed with - with all their hopes and hormonal energy. And if you're a performer, or god forbid, a reviewer, make sure to take your lanyard off before going in - he will see it, and he will target you for it.

It is always a struggle to review a John Robertson stand-up show, because he is so unpredictable, his humour so wicked, and the whole thing feels like he's just winging it. To really appreciate the sheer genius and anarchy his shows represent, you have to go see it yourself. And you definitely should. Robertson is an underrated masterclass of comedy.

The one thing I do know he had planned in advance was the finale to his show. By far one of the oddest things I've seen at the Fringe, it could have gone one of two ways and I'm glad it went the way it did. Intrigued? Go see his show, I promise you won't be disappointed.

For tickets and more information visit the Ed Fringe website.


Tom Inniss

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Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe..

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