Bearcat Comedy at The Viaduct: The Viaduct pub, Hanwell, London, 2018
AFC Croydon Virtual Comedy Night: Online: 2021
Stefano Paolini: First Impressions: Clapham Fringe 2022, The Bread & Roses Theatre, Clapham, London, 2022
Collywobbles Comedy at The Railway Tavern – Stefano Paolini: First Impressions, The Railway Tavern, Streatham, London, 2023
Collywobblers Comedy: Sambrook’s Brewery, Wandsworth, London, 2023
One of the best things about watching comedy (having seen a lot) is not knowing for whatever reason who the act is and being pleasantly surprised about how good they are. Ignorantly, I had never heard of Stefano Paolini and was therefore delighted to watch his fifteen-minute routine of comedy and impersonations at Bearcat Comedy in October 2018. Being a second-generation Italian immigrant, Paolini’s comedy features differences between his parent’s culture and his own. His accents and impersonations (particularly of John Motson and Al Pacino) were inspired and he even finished his set with beatboxing.
Paolini was a comic guest at the AFC Croydon Virtual Comedy Night in February 2021. The act was an inspiration loved by the audience. Paolini is a real comic find and he deserves to be seen and enjoyed by as many people as possible.
After appearing on TV’s Britain’s Got Talent, I watched Paolini perform his solo show First Impressions for Clapham Fringe 2022 in September 2022, also at Collywobbles Comedy at The Railway Tavern in July 2023, and again for Collywobbers Comedy at Sambrook’s Brewery, Wandsworth in September 2023. Brilliantly observed characters and impressions came to life including Gary Lineker, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Boris Johnson, and Tony Blair. The accuracy of the characters displayed were so relatable intertwined with wonderful stories about his upbringing in London made for a terrific show from the highly recommended hysterical act.