Jonny & the Baptists – Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers – are a UK-based musical comedy act working across comedy, festivals and theatre. They created the songs, and both performed, in the Old Fire Station’s 2016 Christmas show Thirty Christmases, for which Jonny also wrote the script.
Their own work combines elements of comedy, music, storytelling and theatre in recent shows covering topics from inequality (Eat The Poor, Edinburgh Fringe 2016 & 50-date UK tour, spring 2017) to climate change (The End Is Night, Edinburgh Fringe 2016 & UK tour, spring 2016). Their shows have received rave national reviews and been supported by Arts Council England and many organisations across the country.
They are also known as one of the top musical acts on the UK comedy circuit. Nominated for five major awards (they’ve never won any), they’ve previously supported Mark Thomas at the National Theatre, performed at festivals and clubs across the country, and once topped the iTunes Comedy Chart with single ‘Farage’. They have appeared regularly on Radio 4, including The Now Show, The Infinite Monkey Cage, and Sketchorama; and on the BBC’s Live at Television Centre.
Separately, Jonny is also co-writer and star of one-man show Every Brilliant Thing, which has toured the UK and internationally for over three years. His performance has been nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award; and the show was recently filmed and broadcast as an HBO TV special in the USA.
The pair have performed numerous times at the Old Fire Station. They created the inaugural OFS Christmas Show in 2016, Thirty Christmases, and organise regular comedy night The Comedy Room.