JOHN-LUKE ROBERTS: AFTER ME COMES THE FLOOD (BUT IN FRENCH) DRIP SPLOSH
SPLASH DRIP BLUBBP BLUBBP BLUBBPBLUBBPBLUBBP!!
Assembly George Square
August 24-26th – 17:30
⭐⭐⭐ (3 stars)
John Luke Roberts hates surprises, so much so that within the first few minutes of his latest
stand-up special, After Me Comes the Flood (But in French) drip splosh splash drip BLUBBP
BLUBBP BLUBBPBLUBBPBLUBBP, he has spoiled his entire set. At around the five-minute
mark Roberts pulls down a large sheet that entirely covers the back-wall, detailing a series of
punchlines. Over the course of his one hour show, Roberts goes about using everyone.
It’s an interesting premise for a set. It’s very narratively satisfying to see each punchline
coupled with a different joke and a lot of the fun of the show comes from guessing where each
one will fit in.
Roberts seems to enjoy testing the form of stand-up and it is clear that a large amount of
thought has gone into the creation of After Me Comes the Flood. However, I didn’t find it
engaging on a personal level and despite all the silliness I was left strangely cold upon leaving
the theatre. The parts of the show I enjoyed the most where Roberts riffed, improvising with
himself in one of the many absurd scenarios he created for himself. It was in these moments,
when things weren’t going to plan, where Roberts was able to break out of the rigid structure of
his set and actually connect with his audience.
All in all, while I found it enjoyable and very clever at points, I didn’t find the show wholly
convincing. This being said, I did see the show by myself and I believe my experience of it
would be vastly improved by seeing it with someone else.