"My workshop is my second happiest place after the stage. Although I must remember to wear gloves. I’ve had too many injuries and I kind of need my fingers."

How would you describe your show?

It’s a one-man, true-story, all-rhyming musical, combining comedy and cancer.

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

It’s the biggest event of its kind and welcomes all types of performers with any kind of show. I’ve written something a little unusual, so it seems the ideal place to premiere it! Read more...


Entertainer Jon Courtenay was the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2020 and made history as the first every Golden Buzzer contestant to go on to win.

In his new show ‘Against the Odds’, Courtenay combines music and laughter with the true story of his television triumph - and of his behind the scenes battle to survive a life threatening medical emergency.

What is the last thing you do before you go onstage (apart from check your flies and/or check your knickers aren't sticking out of your skirt, and check for spinach between your teeth)

I sneak my phone around the edge of the wings and secretly take a photo of the audience, then zoom in on people I either want to involve in the show or ones to avoid. I regularly catch people sleeping.

What irritates you? 

People sleeping in the front row of my audience 



Before we adored them on television, so many acts we now know and love cut their teeth at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (although not all, of course). With so many returning to the Fringe this year, I've pulled together a list of 22 (of course, there are more) who I think are worth seeing..

Tell us a bit about Against the Odds.

After winning a very different Britain's Got Talent in 2020, Jon Courtenay is performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year for what will unbelievably be his first time with his unique mix of comedy, music and drama. Read more...


BWW catches up with Jon Courtenay to chat about bringing Against All Odds to the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tell us a bit about Against the Odds. It's a new show that I've written combining my experience of performing on Britain's Got Talent then going on to win the show, while dealing with a health crisis. A one-man comedy musical that all rhymes. Read more...


“It was magical and done so simply. It made me feel warm inside. You nailed it, my friend. You ticked every single box.”

Alisha Dixon


“One of the best! Amazing!”

Amanada Holden


“A real winner.”

Ant & Dec


Watch Jon on BGT here


JON COURTENAY'S DOUBLE ALBUM: The music and comedy CD, + Jon's complete stage show on DVD. NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY! Click below for more information...