Reviewer: Matt Farnham
Bronston Jones is a man on a mission, he wants to change the world but he knows being American that he has to start at home. In his latest Fringe show, Jones slates his homeland and uses his own experiences and stories to point out just how much of a mess the Leader of the free world is. Bronston sets off on his tirade of embarrassing stories about The United States with a discussion on the most American things he has ever seen, gun laws and the current Presidential race.
When Jones first walks on stage his large and unkempt presence sets the tone for the rest of the set. Jones is undoubtedly a good story teller and often goes off script but this can tend to lead him into a corner from which he cannot escape. Jones, unfortunately, doesn’t bring anything new to the table and his comedy lacks punch. His reasoning is sound and even clever as he uses his humiliation of his country to help spread a message, and a strong message it is, but with some miss hit lines, and a lackadaisical and laidback approach, the show never really gathers momentum. Jones trades on stereotypes and there’s nothing fresh here, with so much political conversation in the news, he tries to steer clear for large parts of the set but even when he does mention it he doesn’t really go after the target, constantly pulling up short.
Bronston Jones: God Bless ‘Merica (again) has some funny moments and a solid ideological message but it’s let down by a lack of punchand all too familiar material.
Runs until 28 August 2016