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John Robins brings his distinctive comedy voice to The Civic

Dark Comedy from John Robins at April Fools Barnsley Comedy Festival

One of the most exciting and distinctive voices in comedy, John Robins comes to Barnsley to reflects on love, loss and the fact he can’t break up with himself.

‘Easily his best show yet’ The Sunday Times

Fresh from scooping the main prize at the Edinburgh Fringe in August, John Robins is to bring his newest show, The Darkness of Robins to Barnsley. The stand-up comedian, vibe magnet and London’s saddest DJ™ would love to promise The Darkness of Robins isn’t an extended yell of a show, but he can’t. He’ll shout, snarl and sneer in his attempts to tackle life’s fall-outs, break-ups and the aftermath in what promises to be a key moment in his being.

The show is an honest and outrageously funny look at life and breakups following John’s life being dumped by fellow comedian and girlfriend of 4 years, Sara Pascoe. This is powerful, angst-ridden comedy at its finest, a must-see show that has sold out venues up and down the country.

John said: “To take a show like this, which is at heart quite personal and intimate, to some of the best rooms in the country is a real challenge and I cannot wait! This show is the result of a strange and transformative year, and it means a great deal that people want to come and see it. Especially touching have been the responses from both men and women who saw themselves in the frustrations and self-reproach the show explores, and most importantly found themselves laughing at a man in his darkest hour. I hope everyone that sees it finds some motivation to view their own moments of darkness in a brighter, more forgiving way.”

John began performing stand-up in 2005 and was an alumni of the legendary 'Bristol Comedy Flat' alongside Russell Howard, Jon Richardson and Mark Olver. He has since firmly established himself on the comedy circuit and with fellow comedian Elis James has enjoyed a sudden success with The Elis James and John Robins show on Radio X. The pair recently completed an acclaimed UK tour, selling out Shepherd’s Bush Empire within minutes.

John will soon appear in the new series of Live at the Apollo (BBC 2.) He has won two Chortle Awards and recently headlined Live from the BBC (BBC2), and other recent appearances include Mock The Week (BBC2), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave) and Stand Up Central (Comedy Central). He also has a host of radio credits under his belt including BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News Quiz and Dilemma.

‘Consistently, uproariously funny’, ‘A broken heart in a jester’s cap, Robins fills the room with complicated joy’ The Guardian

John Robins is part of April Fools Barnsley Comedy Festival, a town wide festival of comedy including acts such as Phill Jupitus, Toby Foster and Morgan & West.

John Robins: The Darkness of Robins is at The Civic on Friday 20 April at 8:00pm

Tickets are £14.50

Recommended for 16+