Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby

Comedy, Character
5 out of 5 stars
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Joseph Morpurgo
Joseph Morpurgo

Pioneering character comic Joseph Morpurgo's latest effort was one of the most impressive comedy shows of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. So much so, it bagged a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination, and we gave it a glowing five star review.

'Soothing Sounds for Baby' is both retro and cutting edge. The set up is a faux episode of 'Desert Island Discs' (featuring dialogue from Kirsty Young painstakingly spliced together for actual episodes) and Morpurgo transforms into the characters on the sleeves of his chosen vinyls. It's a rich, multilayered comedy experience, and one that keeps whirling away in your mind long after it's finished. One of the best comedy shows of the year.

Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

By: Ben Williams


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The Soho theatre upstairs is a good venue for Joe's show. Large enough to get a good audience in but intimate enough not to lose the occasion. A comedian who is rapidly making a name for himself on the circuit and a man Chris Morris can't help but find funny; all things point the way of comedy cult status. 

Having been brought up on Morris's humour, I can see bits of it in Joe's show. That slightly absurd, fine line balancing act that some British comedians have done so well over the years. The shows relatively mundane roots (Joe has been invited on Dessert Island Discs) are merely the beginning of a slow descent into the skewiff. Kirsty Young's voice is provided via a button press on a remote clutched in the mans hand and each choice of record allows Joe to both explore his range and variety of characters. AA Milne was a personal favourite. 

I found it all pretty hilarious. I like my left field comedy and this definitely pressed my buttons. The ingenuity, the little touches, the props, the general amount of effort put in and the audience participation make this show like no other. I'm looking forward to what comes out of this mans head in the future because it will undoubtedly be a bit weird but bloody brilliant. 


Okay the venue is actually more a garage with a few chairs in it, so arrive early, to make sure you get a seat! Unfortunately, I didn't get a seat and was stood on the far right, which meant I couldn't see Joseph or the projections behind him very well.

Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable show and I'm glad I managed to see the show here, after missing it at the Fringe.

Joseph is on an episode of Desert Island Discs, with a surprisingly rude (but hilarious!) Kristy Young, as he tells his story and chooses his discs. The songs rather than played are acted out by Joseph and he does so brilliantly and very funny - it also includes quite bit of audience participation (you have been warned..).

It is very unique, very quirky and I can highly recommend it (just make sure you get a seat!).