Sara Shulman interviews John Kearns about winning the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award ‘Best Newcomer’ award 2013, writing material, gigging all around the UK and lots more!
Check out this interview with John recorded in July 2013 before he performed his award-winning show at the Edinburgh Festival!
About The Show
“‘Sight Gags for Perverts’, is how one critic described Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove upon its release. Stan cherished this, writing it down on a list headed ‘Titles in Search of a Script’. It was never made, this won’t be either.
I wear a little wig and some false teeth. It’s a disguise you see. I talk about holidaying on your own, the state of comedy as we know it and how we all just want to bloody feel something for gods sake. There is a sing-a-long at the beginning and support is provided by Yogi Baby. You’ll know when the show has ended, as I’ll be in a dress, sporting heels and singing ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Bruce Springsteen. People have told me to take the wig off, some say I don’t need the teeth, others wonder what the voice is, what they’re laughing at, what’s true and what’s made up. There’s one bit that can go either way depending on the audience. Not me.”
‘Now THIS is how you do absurd comedy… a bold, hilarious debut… he has forged comedy gold.’ ★★★★★ Chortle
‘A true comedy original.’ ★★★★ Time Out
‘Extremely funny.’ ★★★★ Scotsman
‘Spike Milligan, Vic & Bob, John Kearns. Say hello to comedy’s latest lunatic.’ ★★★★ Beyond the Joke
‘Perhaps his finest achievement is that in the course of the whole show, there’s nothing you can actually identify as a joke.’ Guardian
‘One of the most bizarre and brilliant hours of comedy I’ve ever witnessed…there is so much going on in his performance at any one moment, that I’m really finding it quite difficult to sum it up in easily digestible English sentences.” – Leicestercomedyscene.co.uk
“Tremendous originality… a jumpy and unpredictable raconteur… a shot of nervous energy, an elastic band about to snap… I can’t see him waiting in reserve for long.” - Broadway Baby
‘Original, dark, bold… won’t be for everyone’- London Is Funny
‘Spectacular Style… keeps the audience riveted and delivers the laughs.’ -British Comedy Guide
‘Highly imaginative… excellent, surrealist ranter.’ – Spoonfed
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Sara Shulman is the Founder and Editor of Comedy Blogedy, TEDxUCL Speaker on ‘The Power of Funny’, former Head of Comedy at UCLU Rare FM and produces the Comedy Blogedy podcast ‘Humour Me’. Sara has been a scout for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards and has written, produced and directed online sketches. Sara occasionally gigs on the comedy circuit.