Archive | June, 2013

Brighton Fringe Review: Darren Walsh – I am Giant

4 Jun

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Hobgoblin: Saturday, June 1 2013

Darren Walsh’s I Am A Giant set was only 30 minutes long but not a second of it was wasted as he crammed in scores of quick-fire gags, visual tomfoolery and an array of exquisitely timed sound effects.

There was no gentle build up or needless chit-chat, just a full on assault on the funny bones as he unveiled an array of daft cartoons complete with killer punch-lines – look out for an off-the-wall appearance by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, a priceless play on words about Weston-super-Mare and a painstakingly created Nazi dolphin for oozes of surrealism and epic proportions of silliness.

After exhausting the images, he showed he’s a dab-hand at daft impressions too by seamlessly switching between Bowie, Morrissey and Schwarzenegger, before showcasing some impressive physical japes, complete with synchronised sound effects, by having a scrap with, erm, a horse.

With a set bulging with ideas, it was almost inevitable that the odd rapid-fire quip was going to be wide of the mark – and a few of his more cheesy puns have been around the block more than once – but Walsh’s overall strike rate was of Top Gun proportions.

The tall fella’s going far.


Brighton Fringe Review – Joe Wells: Night of the Living Tories

3 Jun


Caroline of Brunswick: Friday, March 24, 2013

He doesn’t mind being called pudgy and he’ll tolerate being classed as well- spoken; just don’t tell him he looks like a Tory boy.

It’s fair to say Joe Well’s visceral hatred of the Conservative Party is as strong as his aversion to dropping his aitches or hitting the cross trainer.

In the debut outing for his Night of the Living the Tories show, Well’s showed why he is one the finest young political comics doing the rounds; he’s bold, cutting and, at times, ruthless.

At his peak he was unstoppable, especially when it came to race. He turned Bernard Manning jokes on their head – cleverly swapping the butt of them from black people to Conservatives – while later brilliantly belittling the ‘The ain’t no black in the Union Jack’ chant so favoured by the BNP and EDL.

The set wasn’t without fault though, not least because Wells had a tendency to resort to simplistic attacks on individuals – Michael Gove and Nick Clegg in particular – that have often been heard before.

And while the finale – a laugh-out-loud take on the voice adopted by so many performance poets – was bang on the money, it felt more like an add-on than a finely crafted conclusion to an hours’ political rabble rousing.

Well’s is well worth keeping an eye on, even if he isn’t quite the full-blown comedy revolutionary just yet.



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