(Picture by David Price: www.davidpricephotography.co.uk)
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.