Comedy review: Seann Walsh – The Lie-in King
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Seann Walsh – The Lie-in King at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Kate Copstick
Television is not good for comedy. Television is good for the comedy industry. Television swallows up young “comics” hungry for fame and fortune and, generally speaking, they are infrequently good stand-up performers again.
Seann Walsh disappeared in the gaping maw of TV panel shows and mild-mannered bespoke satellite comedy. But he is back and he has the best hour of comedy I have seen this Fringe.
I can barely remember a moment when I was not laughing. Except the points at which I couldn’t laugh because my jaw had dropped in a mix of amazement and delight.
The comedy is, in the sweetest way possible, the observational comedy of the lad, and it is diamond-cut stuff, beautifully written and perfectly performed.
Seann is in his late twenties, in less than peak physical condition but with a notion that it might be time to sort out his life. The sorting out is not going spectacularly well. He has recently moved into his own flat. Which is not going particularly well either. And thereby hangs his comedic tale. Add to this some brilliant comedy mime and a range of comedy impressions that are worth a little star cluster all on their own.
An exquisite impression of Michael McIntyre is one thing, but using kitchenware to stand in for the man in an improvised skit is brave. And, as it happens, quite brilliant.
At every point in this arguably unimprovable hour there is something to delight and amuse. Where most stand-up hours I have seen finish with “well, that’s my show”, Walsh tosses his blond locks over his shoulder and gives us a proper, beautifully constructed ending and then surpasses it with something between a comedy coda and a fabulous finale.
I am not going to spoil the surprise but I will say do not – for any reason – leave until the lights come up or you will miss a clever comedy delight the like of which you seldom experience. Whatever show you might be running late for is unlikely to be as good as this.
Until 25 August. Today 9:20pm
More info: Seann Walsh is at Pleasance Courtyard
Originally published in The Scotsman