JOE WILKINSON

Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2016
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2017
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019
Always Be Comedy Online (2 shows): Online: 2020
An Irishman Abroad Online Comedy Club: Online: 2020
Return of The Craic Online Comedy Club: Online: 2021
Always Be Comedy Online: Online: 2021 (4 shows)
Return of The Craic Online Comedy Club: Online: 2021 

I saw Joe Wilkinson perform at Always Be Comedy on three occasions.  The first time when he was appearing with Diane Morgan for the sketch revue Mash included one of the funniest routines I have ever seen at the comedy club.  Morgan appeared on stage and then immediately came right up to my face as I was sitting in the front room and gave me the finger right in front of my face.  This happened for five minutes and my laughter and the audience’s laughter gradually increased like a crescendo.  At the perfectly timed moment, Wilkinson appeared on stage and whispered in her ear loudly enough for the crowd to hear ‘I told you that invisible cloak didn’t work!’  This is a brilliant example of Wilkinson’s off the wall, surreal humour.

The two times I watched him in 2017 were work in progress shows were he wildly experimented with visual jokes and bizarre and banal story creations and observations that the audience loved. Wilkinson is a genuinely warm and funny man with a unique talent.

Wilkinson returned to Always Be Comedy in February and April 2018 and then again in May 2019 where he gave three of his funniest, off-beat performances.  Wilkinson is a recurring comedian at the club, and I have very much warmed to his bizarre style of comedy.

When Wilkinson saw me in a pub where after we had separately been in the audience for the solo show of Jarlath Regan that I saw at Leicester Square Theatre in London, Wilkinson was an ordinary, very friendly bloke.  When he was on stage at Always Be Comedy, he was wonderfully odd and innocent that made him and his unusual sketches and musings very funny and endearing to the crowd.

Wilkinson was an ‘underlying’ special guest for two Always Be Comedy Online shows in July 2020.  It was a wonderful surprise to see the bewildered comedian struggle with technology (inspired that his nose filled the whole screen for a lot of the set) and his seemingly made up anecdotes and readings were a joy to watch.  There was also an inspired story involving a mermaid.  It was a wonderful act that consistently made laugh.

The surreal comedian appeared for The Irishman Abroad Online Comedy Club in August 2020 where he included a brilliant routine which instead of featuring ‘I [heart] New York’ featured different parts of the body with cities.  He then appeared for Return of The Craic Online Comedy Club in January 2021 and three guest appearances for Always Be Comedy Online in February and March 2021 and also for Return of The Craic in March 2021 where he read comic poems and extracts from his ‘autobiography’ which were so inspired, I was crying with laughter.

Wilkinson is a true original and a wonderful comedian. As an aside, I am extremely appreciative of the positive comments about this blog that he gave me when I met him after his sets.

 

 

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