The Off The Kerb Showcase: The Comedy Store, London, 2018
Just The Tonic Saturday Night Comedy: Stables Market, Camden, London, 2019
Always Be Comedy (3 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019
Paul McCaffrey: Lemon: Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh, 2019
Headliners Comedy Club: George IV pub, Chiswick, London, 2020
Always Be Comedy Online: (2 shows): Online: 2020
Always Be Comedy Live Stream: Online: 2020
Always Be Comedy Online: Online: 2021
The Return of The Craic Online Comedy Club: Online: 2021
When we arrived at The Comedy Store in April 2018 for the Off The Kerb showcase, the venue was packed and there were hardly any seats for me and my friend. We stood at the back of the infamous venue and Paul McCaffrey, who I had seen and thoroughly enjoyed on previous occasions, came up to me and shook my hand. He then found us two great seats before going on stage to deliver an extremely funny ten-minute set that brought the house down. McCaffrey was a guest at Just The Tonic Saturday Night Comedy and was riding on the crest of a wave after a very successful tour supporting Kevin Bridges. McCaffrey has funny bones and tried and tested routines about the TV dating show Take Me Out and his view on the book Fifty Shades of Grey were so brilliantly executed with hilarious facial expressions and visual comedy that I was again exhausted from laughing.
McCaffrey made a welcome return to Always Be Comedy in May 2019 trying out brand new material for his 2019 Edinburgh Fringe show. At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, McCaffrey performed his new show Lemon that I saw in August 2019. Tales of married life and unfortunate mishaps created priceless set pieces that that had me crying with laughter. After the show, it was a joy to meet this extremely funny man. I was delighted to see that McCaffrey was on the bill for Always Be Comedy again in September and headlining in November 2019. He effortlessly commanded the stage and his ability to make literally anything funny through pin-point precise timing was something very special to witness.
It needs to be said that comedians must be shattered after trying to make audiences laugh night after night. Many have sets at more than one gig in an evening. When I met McCaffrey as he was about to headline Headliners Comedy Club in January 2020, he told me that Headliners was the second of three gigs he was booked to play that night. His enthusiasm on stage to create a laugh didn’t show any signs of tiring. He once again showed that he was a master of creating situations that generate belly laughter from an audience. His routines about holidays and weight loss were prize examples of perfectly delivered routines with expert comic timing. I have seen McCaffrey on stage many times, he has never given a bad performance and I would gladly watch him again, he is that good. I was convulsing with laughter again at the set I had recently seen him do, and my friend who I was with at Headliners and who had never seen him on stage, also absolutely loved him. There is something about his appearance, delivery or something more that makes him stand out and before he has hardly said anything, the audience were laughing at him.
In May and August 2020, McCaffrey appeared at Always Be Comedy Online. His experiences of coping with the lockdown during the worldwide pandemic were absolutely priceless, particularly a routine about what was on television which I was crying uncontrollably with laughter. The comedian appeared in the first Always B Comedy Live stream from The Tommyfield pub that I watched online in October 2020. His set featured a brilliant routine about his experience attending a music festival. He appeared on the bill again at Always Be Comedy Online and The Return of The Craic Online Comedy Club in January 2021 where, hysterically funny again, subjects covered included Apple watches the TV series The Vow, Car Boot Sales and adverts. As ever, he was wonderful to see and what is particularly pleasing is that he was still making me laugh and smile after the event – the sign of a truly great comedian.
I could listen to McCaffrey time and time again and still find him hilariously funny. He is one of my current favourite comedians on the circuit, a comedy hero and I cannot recommend him highly enough.