JONNY & THE BAPTISTS ANNOUNCE VIRTUAL TOUR, PARTNERING WITH ARTS VENUES DURING LOCKDOWN

★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ The Independent ★★★★ Metro ★★★★ Chortle ★★★★ The Sunday Post ★★★★ Fest ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ The List ★★★★ The Skinny ★★★★  What’s On Stage ★★★★★ Three Weeks  ★★★★ A Younger Theatre ★★★★★  British Theatre Guide ★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★ Broadway Baby ★★★★★ Exuent ★★★★ Radio Ha Ha ★★★★★ The Crumb

Multi-award-nominated musical-activist-comedians Jonny and the Baptists have announced a brand new virtual tour with their latest show Love You & Hate Covid, which enjoyed a five-star run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the title Love You & Hate Bastards. Partnering with arts centres, theatres and comedy clubs across the UK with a unique show performed for each town, all proceeds will be equally split with each venue. Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers hope to help struggling independent arts venues during the C-19 lockdown and cheer up the nation the best way they know how, with musical brilliance and thought-provoking lyrics. Tickets can be found online at jonnyandthebaptists.co.uk.

Hot on the heels of a critically-acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the musical satirists’ show about love and their friendship enjoyed a sell-out tour to more than thirty cities and towns with an extension planned for 2020 to meet huge demand for tickets, when suddenly it became impossible to leave the house and travel around; unless you’re friends with the Prime Minister (they’re not). At a socially responsible distance from the basement of their local out-of-action pub, the pair will perform a different version of the hit show tailored to each town they are virtually ‘visiting’ via the power of live streaming.

Jonny & The Baptists are regularly featured on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show as well as regular appearances on The Infinite Monkey Cage, Live From Television Centre and Sketchorama (BBC Radio 4). They have supported Mark Thomas on tour and appeared at major festivals including Latitude, Kaleidoscope, and Greenbelt, while their single Farage topped the iTunes comedy chart.

 

WHAT THE PRESS HAS SAID ABOUT JONNY & THE BAPTISTS

Politically energised, raucously silly…broad, daft and punchy
★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian

You’ll mainly leave feeling warm and fuzzy…. note perfect
★ ★ ★ ★  Metro 

Plenty of hilarious musical one-liners, using familiar tracks or lyrical structure to drop an impactful punchline as quick as you like
★ ★ ★ ★  Chortle 

Wickedly amusing
★ ★ ★ ★ The Times

Hilarious throughout and moving towards the end, Jonny & the Baptists will make you laugh until you cry and probably cry until you laugh, too. A must-see.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Sunday Post

Yes, the brilliant musical rabble rousers have certainly given up politics. If only the rest of the Fringe could give it up in this way, we might change the world sooner.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★   British Theatre Guide 

Seriously funny
★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage

Fieriness and heart… The enthusiasm, avidity and passion of the band radiate well after the gig has finished
★ ★ ★ ★ The List

Brilliant… The closest thing the Fringe has to rock gods
★ ★ ★ ★ Fest

It’s thought-provoking, lyrically brilliant fun of the highest order
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Exuent

An hour of barn-stompingly good music mixed with some good ol’ social satire
★ ★ ★ ★ The Skinny

Top 10 UK Comedy Talents: Uproarious rock’n’ ROFL-ing… the melodies are as good as the punchlines
★ ★ ★ ★ The Independent on Sunday

Frank, fresh, funny – and something completely different, even a contemporary Flanders and Swann
★ ★ ★ ★  WhatsOnStage

The duo have built the perfect balance between hard-hitting satire and juvenile playfulness to convey their much appreciated comedy stylings surrounding this modern day topic
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Three Weeks

This lively show combining music and comedy is a real Edinburgh highlight
★ ★ ★ ★ ★  British Theatre Guide

Biting satire
★ ★ ★ ★ Edinburgh Reporter

If you want satire that’s thoughtful and silly, that’s funny and tear jerking and utterly brilliant buy a ticket now. The world might be falling apart but at least Jonny and the Baptists are making the end a little more enjoyable
★ ★ ★ ★ Broadway Baby

Frank, fresh, funny – and something completely different, even a contemporary Flanders & Swann
★ ★ ★ ★ What’s On Stage

These two individuals are incredibly talented in their own right; and together, they really do create magic
★ ★ ★ ★ ★    Radio Ha Ha 

Hilarious yet heart-wrenching… an absolute stormer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★    The Crumb 

Anarchic, absurdist and downright silly in a whirlwind exposé of issues of the moment
Fringe Review

 

VENUE DATE
Reading South Street Thursday 25th June
Oxford Old Fire Station Monday 29th June
Salford Lowry Thursday 2nd July
Corsham Pound Arts Tuesday 7th July
Kings Place Thursday 9th July
Midlands Arts Centre Birmingham Tuesday 14th July
The Stand (all venues) Thursday 16th July

 

For more information and press tickets, please contact: Florrie Sheehan: fsheehan@avalonuk.com / 0207 598 7222

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