Kate Copstick, edinburgh-festivals.com'This is an unexpectedly sweet show. So be aware that, having shelled out for the tickets, they will not get you angry JJ, ranting JJ or wild boy JJ. They get you a new JJ - and he is quite delightful.'open/close
This is an unexpectedly sweet show. So be aware that, having shelled out for the tickets, they will not get you angry JJ, ranting JJ or wild boy JJ. They get you a new JJ - and he is quite delightful.
This show is structured around the eponymous "letters from Mindy". I might be too cynical, but I don't think they are real letters. They represent possible reasons for JJ's girlfriend dumping him. Which she did, by phone. Emotionally scarring, of course, but he did what all good comics do and turned the experience into comedy gold.
The Icelandic volcano, Phil Nichol and Cindy Crawford's mole all feature in this tale of a man coming to terms with rejection. Along the way we get angry squirrels and cheeseburgers, vibrators and casual sex. And every so often we get a little comedy diamond, just to remind us that it takes more than the emotional devastation of being suddenly and brutally cast adrift on the cold, lonely waters of singledom to get a good comic down.
JJ's explanation of the workings of the male memory and the part sex plays in accessing stored information is quite brilliant and makes great sense. His comparative analysis of male and female arguing styles is hilarious.
It is a beautiful sight in a comedy gig to watch people combining the nod of recognition with the roar of laughter. There was a lot of that going on as JJ expanded on his lack of patience with younger women and his "fake moveage". This is one of the most structured shows I have seen him do, and he does it very well. Mention should be made of the technological aspects - I don't want to give too much away, but there are props and there is even what might be termed a "special effect". This really is a delightful show, probably the gentlest of the late-night comedy offerings. It is well worth leaving the bar for. Dear Mindy, big mistake, but thanks for a terrific show. All the best, Copstick.