SOME people think that comedy is all about reeling off a whole host of rehearsed jokes.

But the shape of comedy has changed and nowadays it is the thought-out narrative which keeps the audience engaged.

For John Robins it is his ability the spin a yarn that keeps the audience of tenterhooks throughout his performance at the Haymarket.

Robins’ humour isn’t easily shoehorned into punchy jokes and the kind of one-liners that work well on panel shows, but it is the more crafted long-form laughs constructed from two experiences – one with a holiday and one with a dehumidifier.

Stepping out on to the “Baso” stage as he has rebranded the town, there is a nervous confidence that comes from the comic, and it is this style and demeanour which makes him so endearing.

Even though the basis of the show focuses on these two lived experiences, there are quick glimpses into his life when he reads extracts from his “Hot Shame” book.

His honesty and inner turmoil are somehow soothing especially to someone who feel incredibly anxious in the same situations to which Robins is describing and it puts the mind at ease that it’s not only you.

But it’s not all just a series of embarrassing events for the Bristol-based comedian.

He delves into topics such as #MeToo and Time’s Up as well as highlighting millennial males’ passivity and responsibility, while simultaneously exploring the problem of casual dating in the current climate.

The show flows seamlessly with no pause for a breath at times, a d his self-deprecating style may not be the most original, but the way that he carries himself makes him relatable and has the audience leaving thinking of situations similar to Robins that they have felt shameful of.