JONNY Awsum, the guitar wielding comedy whirlwind, is heading to the Capital this weekend.
Armed with an impressive arsenal of jokes and his trusty guitar, Awsum brings his special feel-good brand of musical comedy to the Gilded Balloon comedy night at The Studio at the Festival Theatre, on Saturday.
The guitar-playing comic rabble-rouser, blessed with gangly comic features and an old-fashioned, slightly surprised looking face that radiates bonhomie, is irresistibly infectious and his satirical songs and warm comedic musings are guaranteed to have his audience not just laughing along, but maybe even singing too.
Awsum’s simple, but crowd-pleasing sets are full of original songs, parodied popular tunes, sing-a-longs, raps and silly jingles, but he’s not beyond deploying a classic track just to keep the party moving along at lightning speed.
Joining Awsum at The Studio will be Australian comedian, writer and actor, Felicity Ward and the 2014 finalist of The Gilded Balloon’s So You Think You’re Funny competition, Jim Smith.
The charmingly funny Ward is an inspired clown, daft and enthusiastic with a nervy, quirky energy that compliments her frank and unflinching delivery.
It’s a case of town meets country when Smith, a Perthshire sheep and beef farmer turned comedian, takes to the stage.
Using a varied range of characters, regional accents and impressions, including amongst other things an inspired parochial take on Die Hard and a Fife-made porno film, he gives his audience an insight into how this north country boy sees the outside world.
Expect no holds barred with controversial views on many taboo subjects.
Compereing the night, the ever popular Raymond Mearns.
Gilded Balloon Comedy, The Studio @ Festival Theatre, Potterrow, Saturday, 8pm, £12.50, 0131-529 6000