Mr John Robertson:
Hello! I’m a comedian, streamer, children’s author, improviser, actor, videogame writer,
insult comic and manic hurricane man.
LGBTQIA+, gamer, Goth, geeky and goddamn good at screaming at large groups.
My crowd are diverse, perverse, wholesome, yet awful.
Been a working stand-up for 19 years, headlining shows all around the world,
created live-action videogame comedy The Dark Room
(which is also an actual videogame, an online show and was a YouTube hit in 2012)
stream 10 times a week on twitch.tv/robbotron,
wrote the Puffin novel The Little Town Of Marrowville,
done a TEDx talk on the semiotics of film and social media
can and have done 50 hour marathon shows for charity,
faked a seizure on Australian Idol and met my wife doing it,
been published in horror anthologies,
hosted two years of the UK’s only videogame TV show,
been the world’s greatest cosplay competition MC (terrible crowd surfer, though),
and done a lot of it while being better dressed than the average vampire.
In 2012, I created “The Dark Room“, an interactive YouTube game that went viral.
After 4,000,000 hits, I turned the game
into a live comedy show at Edinburgh Fringe 2012.
It has a cult following of people who call themselves Darrens.
Don’t ask questions.
The Dark Room was the cult hit of that year’s festival. It led to collaborations with BBC, Comic Relief, FremantleMedia, Hat Trick Productions and PIAS.
The Dark Room has since returned to every Edinburgh Fringe and become the world’s only live-action videogame.
It tours to places and events like the Soho Theatre, Insomnia Gaming Expo, PAX Online, London Film & Comic-Con, Download, BlueDot Festival, Fringe festivals, your house and corporate events.
My kick-ass clothes are made by Gallery Serpentine
and yours should be, too.
“**** his material is edgy, intelligent and smoothly-delivered… this is astute, amoral stand-up for the morbidly inclined” – The Age, Melbourne
I do high-energy improvised stand-up, know a tonne about gaming and pop culture, tour The Dark Room and create a new solo show most years. Here’s some of the shows:
2019: The Dark Room (Total Sell-Out Edinburgh Fringe)
2018: Sweaty Sexy Party Party (Edinburgh Fringe)
2017: Dominant! (Edinburgh Fringe, Utrecht Comedy Festival)
2016: Arena Spectacular (nominated Edinburgh Fringe
Amused Moose Award, Fringeworld)
2016: The Dark Room 4.0 (Udderbelly London, EdFringe, Nottingham Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Fest, Magners International Comedy Festival, Insomnia Festival, Southbound)
2015: Let’s Redecorate! (Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester Comedy Fest)
2015: The Dark Room 3.0 (Udderbelly London, EdFringe, Soho Theatre)
2014: A Nifty History of Evil (Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe
2014: The Dark Room 2.0 (Winner – Argus Angel, Brighton Fringe)
2013: The Dark Room (Edinburgh Fringe)
2012: The Dark Room (Edinburgh Fringe)
2011: Dragon Punch (Edinburgh Fringe, Winner – Best Show – Wild West Comedy Festival, Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
2010: A Nifty History of Evil (Edinburgh Fringe, Winner – Critic’s Choice – Wild West Comedy Festival)
2009: Don’t Swallow (Blue Room Theatre,
Nominated Biggest Box Office 2009)
2008: Love Of A Pitiful Instrument (Blue Room Theatre)
2006: Killing Hun in the Sun (Rechabites Hall, Nominated Equity Award – Best New Play)
In the last few years, I’ve toured the Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Germany, the Philippines and Hong Kong, performed corporate shows for the BBC, 7thingsmedia, EB Games Australia, the Australian Web Awards, Game and Rio Tinto – and worked in clubs around the planet, including The Comedy Store, Glee, Off The Kerb, Jongleurs, Manfords, Comedy For Depression @ Union Chapel, The Stand, Sydney Comedy Store, NCF, Top Secret Comedy Club, Soho Comedy Club, XS Malarkey, Trapdoor Comedy, Sit-Down Comedy Club, TakeOut Comedy Hong Kong, Glee, The Mic In Hand, Local Laughs, Spleen Bar, Brisbane Powerhouse, Happy Endings Sydney, The Laugh Resort, Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den, Purple Cactus, Baby Blue Banana Budapest, Komedia, The Comedy Lounge, The Rhino Room, His Majesty’s Theatre (Perth), Funhouse Comedy, NCF Comedy, Eminent Banter, The Comedy Club, Soho Comedy Club, Top Secret Comedy Club, The Comic’s Lounge, The Old Manly Boatshed, The Comedy Hour, Packsaddle Comedy, Enmore Theatre and Leicester Square Theatre.
“A manic and quick-witted revelation… if you only see one Perth-born set this year, make it John Robertson.” – The Scotsman, “a ridiculously entertaining hour” – Kate Copstick, “***** – if your tastes run to the dark, you must see this show – British Comedy Guide, **** “stylish, alternative, funny” – Chortle, “Brilliant, bemusing and bloodthirsty” – Metro, “A cult is born” – Bruce Dessau, “That he’s a skilled stand-up is plain to see”- The List, “A hotly- tipped comedian for a good reason… he strides onto the stage giving precisely zero fucks”- The Skinny, “**** a triumph” – Herald Sun
My dad was a journalist, so to make him proud (and also money), I’ve written op-ed pieces for Cleo, Vice, The Huffington Post, SBS Comedy and The List. Have a peek at a Vice article here.
Depending on who you are, you can hire my opinion for money.