The Herbert makes a triumphant return to Edinburgh with a brand new show stuffed full of physical, musical, prop-heavy insanity. A sort of grubby Mr Bean with a hint of Tommy Cooper. This guy is such a dickhead. Writer and star of BBC's BAFTA-nominated Big Babies and UK Barry-nominated for best performer in Edinburgh 2014, Spencer Jones was a New Act of the Year 2015 runner-up. 'Punch you in the gut funny... Possibly the nicest, funniest, silliest, most heart-warming hour you can have this August' **** (Scotsman). 'Gloriously hilarious' (Chortle.co.uk). Pay-What-You-Want.info
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Full press release
Last year Fringe audiences sat enthralled by the calamitous goofery of Spencer Jones' The Herbert as he valiantly tried - and failed - to look after his baby while not playing with any of the power tools that were left tantalisingly around his house by his builders.
The Herbert has been very busy since then. He has a two-year-old son now. But there is something wrong with his son. Something very wrong, the doctors say. None of the doctors know what caused it, though some local people say it has something to do with the accident at the nuclear power plant nearby. The accident was nothing to do with The Herbert, honest. But he did work there for a day, and that was the day of the accident...
Meanwhile, in the midst of all this worry, The Herbert has been frittering away some money he inherited on expensive-yet-useless items he finds on the internet. His wife is not happy and wants him to get a proper job before the money runs out.
The Herbert doesnt want to get a proper job. He wants to be Fat Boy Slim.
A show about failing, failure, how to fail and why you sometimes have to fail to win.
Spencer is a student of Philippe Gaulier and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Doctor Brown. He was nominated for a BAFTA for his debut television show Big Babies, which has been sold around the world and is currently being remade in the US. Among his other screen credits are: Hollyoaks, Pulling, Skins, Count Arthur Strong and Christopher Guest's Family Tree.
Spencer has juggled various jobs including street performer, wedding singer and radio presenter. Proper Job is Spencer's second solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has also appeared in the play Charlie Baker's Wedding Band in 2011. In the last 12 months Spencer has been nominated for a UK Barry and was runner-up in the New Act of the Year (formerly Hackney Empire New Act of the Year).
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