Preview: Jonny & The Baptists: Double Bill Tour The Happiness Index / Ten Thankless Years, The Point, Eastleigh

Preview: Jonny & The Baptists: Double Bill Tour The Happiness Index / Ten Thankless Years, The Point, Eastleigh

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A double bill of two shows in one night from cult multi-award nominated musical-comedians Jonny & The Baptists will take place at The Point, Eastleigh, on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February.

As one of the country’s most popular musical comedy double-acts, Jonny And The Baptists – like a non-related Bros, or a Simon And Garfunkel who don’t hate each other – set out on the road in 2024 with a delicious double helping of their satirical, gleeful, anarchic gag-pop.

Across a riotous two hours of entertainment, Jonny Donohue and Paddy Gervers (there aren’t any actual Baptists) smash out a brand new hour, delve into their bulging back catalogue, and turn their attentions to a happier future for all of us.

The Happiness Index

Five Prime Ministers ago, David Cameron started a ‘happiness index’ to measure how joyful the people of this nation are, which feels slightly ironic.

Anyway, Jonny & The Baptists have picked up the baton and they are now trying to find out what the hell they should do with it.

A new – personal and political – show about their desire, and the country’s struggle, just to be happy.

This will be a night of rabble-rousing musical chaos from an act with few rivals in their field, and also hardly any credit for doing it.

But they never, never mention that.

Ten Thankless Years

Ten years. Multiple award nominations. Absolutely no wins. What a bunch of bullshit.

The UK’s best – but definitely not best-appreciated – funny musical duo wade through the greatest hits of a cult career that should have, but has not, brought them fame and fortune.

With a five-star, sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run behind him, they’ve understandably decided to take this cash cow on the road.

Of course, they’re only getting half the money each, so it doesn’t even really make sense from that point of view. Really, why do they bother throwing away their greatness?

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