Sanderson Jones -

There aren't many taboos left in comedy. Or at least that’s what I thought until I saw Sanderson Jones. Jones knows everyone who is coming. He greets us all by name, he's researched us. He seems at times to know everything about us. The experience is deeply uncomfortable, utterly compelling and absolutely hilarious.I first meet Jones the day before the show. He is selling every ticket in person and mine is no exception. He bounds up to me, big bushy beard and unkempt hair, and asks me to phone his dry-cleaners whilst he rummages in his bag for my ticket. He takes a couple of photos of me, one of us together and then bounds away as quickly as he came. When I sit down at his gig the following evening he introduces me to the people next to me, both named John. 'Tom's here on his own today' Jones tells them. 'Did he take a photo of you too?' I ask when I sit down. John gives me a considered nod.Over the next hour or so Jones takes us to the extremes of comedic convention and taste. In a genre where genuine discomfort and transgression are hard - almost impossible - to achieve, Jones has found a mode of humour so dark and arresting that he manages to create an atmosphere of collective danger, rather than a parade of merely distasteful articles. This is all about testing the sensibilities of the audience, rarely about mocking the unfortunate and is carried off with the perfect mixture of linguistic ingenuity and joyous immaturity. Even a Venn diagram can become darkly comic in Jones' grubby hands.But the topic of most discomfort is nothing dark or irreverent but the last and biggest taboo of all: the audience themselves. Jones has been on our social networks, he's scoured our online lives and he’s using them to generate his material. Why on earth should this offend our sensibilities? It's all about power. On the internet we each like to believe we have power over our little corner, over our blogs or Twitter feeds or whatever it is we use – they are our space to shout into the cosmos. Sanderson Jones whips this power from us. He is as flattering and unnerving as a persistent but non-threatening stalker. Jones is the cosmos answering back.

Reviews by Tom Moyser

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

The Girl with the Hurricane Hands (and Other Short Tales of Woe)

Pleasance Courtyard

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood

Traverse Theatre

Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?)

theSpace @ Jury's Inn



The Castle Builder


4D Cinema


Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

The Blurb

You can only come to my show (stand up) if I personally sell you a ticket. Fun game! Follow the link in the title and let's meet up. Expect Venn diagrams, graphs, JK-47s. ***** (Herald Sun). #TeamTeam #GreatIMNSHO #SJILF RT

Most Popular See More

Mamma Mia!

From £15.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £12.00

More Info

Find Tickets


From £42.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Frozen the Musical

From £36.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Book of Mormon

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Phantom of the Opera

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets