Creators: Jonny and the Baptists
Reviewer: Christy Ku
Ranting about how climate change will end the world, Jonny accidentally made his four-year-old niece cry. In an effort to comfort her, he promised that he and his friend Paddy would fix it, resulting in The End is Nigh. This show follows their previous successful national tours Stop UKIP and Rock the Vote.
Jonny and the BaptistiscomprisesJonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervase who bring music, comedy and a fantastic energy to the stage. The two are complete opposites – Jonny is short with thinning hair and Paddy is tall and tattooed. Yet the two work together perfectly, teasing each other and mocking climate change deniers and politicians. They deliver a fast-paced show with doses of improv and bizarre songs about ugly babies, friendship and drawing phalluses everywhere.
The setup is unusual, with the audience surrounding the performance square. Yet they use the set wonderfully, stirring the energy around the space. The pair is loudly liberal and the show is heavily political, which can become irritating at times. However, they bring a natural and easy humour to the show, making the audience laugh with little effort. They have excellent voices and are unstoppably positive.
Armed with just two guitars, Jonny and the Baptists satirise themselves, politics and the inevitability of death with their music. The End is Nigh is optimistic, ridiculous and incredibly funny.
Runs until 14 May 2016 | Image: Contributed