FRINGE PREVIEW – John Robins’ Nomadic Revery (Five Pound Fringe)

5th – 29th August (not 17th)
The Tron, 6.20pm-7.20pm

John Robins

John Robins

Having appeared at the Fringe since 2005, John Robins has built up a reputation as a likeable, quick-witted comedian with a winning combination of charm and talent.

John has gone on to great success since appearing at the Fringe, with appearances on BBC6 Music and XFM, as well as popping up on television as a guest on Arthur Smith’s Comedy Club.

Prior to returning to Edinburgh for the fourth time as part of the Five Pound Fringe, we asked John to tell us a little bit more about this year’s show and his plans.

Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?

My show’s called ‘Nomadic Revery’ and it’s on at The Tron at 6.20 pm.

It’s about embracing naivety and innocence, and how the young kids these days grow up too quickly. It’s also about a miniature bottle of cognac, a trip to Cheddar Gorge, and the beauty of the sad-winky face

How will you be promoting your show?

The quite fantastic Five Pound Fringe street team and head honchos will be doing most of the promoting, bless them.

I will be promoting it by doing interviews like this, whilst drinking tea, and by being as awesome as possible as often as possible, also, perhaps, whilst drinking tea

What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?

This is my fourth full run in Edinburgh [Comedy Zone ’07 / Carl Donnelly Vs John Robins Vs Predator ’08 / Skinny Love ‘09].

I’m very much looking forward to being the barman in ‘Fordy’s Lock In’, a late night unscripted panel show set in a bar. It’s a great way to kick back and relax after stressing about my show.

I’m also looking forward to playing darts with Tim Vine, which always keeps me sane. The best feeling though, is that first walk into town, before it starts, the posters, the familiar faces, the buzz.

And what are you hoping for?

Large and happy audiences. That is literally all I want.

Twice last year I played to grumpy people sheltering from the rain. You can’t blame them for that, five pounds for an hour’s air conditioned sitting isn’t bad. But it makes doing comedy very hard.

If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?

I’ve never done a publicity stunt really. I hope to Baby Jesus that good shows sell themselves. Though TV profile has changed everything. People can sell out whole runs from one spot on Macintyre or Mock The Week. . . In 2005 I did a voice over for a vehicle testing centre in Bristol, fingers crossed that will start to reap rewards this year…

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

Phil Kay, Kitson, Gareth Richards, Josh Widdicombe, Elis James, Jon Richardson. The legends mainly… I’ve only just seen the brochure so going to do most of my planning soon.

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

Sleep and tax returns

Sum up your show in three words for us


You can buy tickets for John’s show on the Fringe website

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