Seann Walsh – I’d Happily Punch Myself in the Face

4 Stars

****

Seann Walsh is in his twenties and is making his solo debut at the Fringe. He could be described as pure stand up – just a mike and an inventive mind with no gimmicks or props. Despite his name, he is not Irish. He comes from Brighton and his experiences of living there provide the starting point for a very funny show.

He casually mentions he likes people watching and during his routines he has obviously absorbed ideas which have fed into his material. There is an underlying theme of transport – cars, buses, railways, airports and even just walking about. Reinforcing his great timing, he throws in some physical action. He drew an instinctive round of applause when he did a mime in slow motion of his girlfriend getting out of the backseat of a 2 door car.

On the night I saw him, he did have to deal with a number of distractions just when he was about to deliver a punch line. He dealt with these beautifully, especially a guy in the front row who wanted to see himself as part of a double act.

Word must be getting about that Seann Walsh is a comedian who can deliver, since he was playing to a full house.

Reviewed by Ben

Venue; Venue Number                  Pleasance Courtyard; V33

Dates                                                  4 to 30 August 2010 (not 11, 18)

Times                                                 20.30 to 21.30

Fringe Programme Page Number: 121

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