Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
The Big Funny Fest: The Old Deer Park, Richmond, 2019
Andrew Maxwell headlined an Always Be Comedy showcase that I saw in November 2018. He delivered a wide-ranging, politically clued-up set (subjects ranged from moving to Kent from North London, terrorism and Brexit). One of Maxwell’s strengths is engagement with the audience, and he did so disarmingly that he educated and made them listen whilst being extremely funny.
I saw Maxwell again headline the final show of a long day at The Big Funny Fest at Richmond in June 2019. As he started his set, a plane flew over the Big Top venue causing him to pause. Then another flew over and another. The venue had been erected directly over the flight path and Maxwell found comedy with this so that practically every time a plane went over, he had to time his punchlines to make the audience laugh. The Irishman rejuvenated the flagging crowd with his passion for comedy however his joyous initial banter subsided into a bleak assessment of the Brexit situation. The delivery with wit and honesty captivated the audience.
A comic who had something to say, Maxwell effortlessly entertained the crowd on both occasions and remains a very reliable, funny and likeable comedian.