Paul B Edwards
Paul F Taylor
Paul Harry Allen
Paul T Eyres
Peter Buckley Hill
Peter von Natzmer
Piff The Magic Dragon
Priorite A Gauche
Live at the Comedy Store
More Pete Johansson videos
|Live at the Comedy Store|
|At Chortle Fast Fringe 2012|
|I hate British kids|
|At the 2010 Glasgow Comedy Festival|
|Best of The Fest|
|Pete Johannson at at Chortle's Fast Fringe|
The son of a professional ice-hockey player, this half-America, half-Canadian comic started stand-up in Vancouver, while still in high school.
He started performing across the US following a successful appearance at the Montreal Just For Laughs festival.
He has had development deals with Warner Bros TV and HBO, and has made an hour-long special for The Comedy Channel in Canada.
Nominated for the breakthrough award in the 2010 Chortle Awards.
Pete Johansson: Fringe 2012
The official blurb for Pete Johanssonís third Edinburgh show explains: ĎHe's now focusing on transitional values, the less obvious mental and moral decay of getting older and the addiction he has trying to make the world a better place.í
Is it heck. Itís a show about bears.† How very Canadian.
Heís got some very good, if delightfully quirky, ideas about how the caniforms could be employed for the betterment of society, whether as reality TV stars, clearing gypsy sites (not very PC that bit), or as police support. And who canít imagine a bear in a copís hat and smile?
But thereís an odd atmosphere in the Underbellyís Dairy Room on this quietish Tuesday night, which Johansson never quite overcomes. His response seem to be to push through quickly, leaving no room for audience to start doubting the material, but also leaving them behind. They were too slow boarding his whimsy train, and now itís fast steaming away from the station without them.
The result is a rather unforgiving onslaught of quirky bear facts, jokes and suggestions that donít quite land, fascinating or funny though they are. And since heís so committed to the apparently limited theme, itís a nagging problem.
More engaging are his personal tales, especially of how his mother found his collection of Hustler magazines and Ė in the same way as you might teach a lesson to a child caught smoking Ė made him examine every photograph in minute detail, thus ruining porn for him forever. Still, he seems to have done all right with women, having married a model, and the consequences of that produce yet another strong routine thatís funny, but with an edge.
Itís frustrating that the show as a whole doesnít work better than it did, which might just be a consequence of tonightís strange energy, as Johanssonís normally such a reliable comedian, with spot-on delivery. These are well-written pieces with a purpose, even if he does over-egg the ursine theme, and a tender payoff makes good sense of all that has gone before. Just bear with him.
|Date of live review: Thursday 16th Aug, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
Tuesday 10th Aug, '10-
Sunday 30th Aug, '09-
His humour is bellow average and he comes across as a bitter, obnoxious man.
Yet another brilliant Canadian. Storytelling, joketelling, observational stuff all thrown in, mixed up and delivered as a glorious whole. Really , really good.
Honest, warm, likeable and absolutely hilarious. Love him.
Pete Johansson: Naked Pictures Of My Life
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Chortle Presents Fast Fringe [Edinburgh 2010]
Pete Johansson: Pete's On Earth
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Pete Johansson: Utopian Crack Pipe