SEANN WALSH

Late ‘n’ Live: Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh, 2009
BBC Comedy Presents: Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh, 2010
Seann Walsh: Ying and Yang: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2011
Seann Walsh: Seann To Be Wild: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2012
Seann Walsh The Lie-In King: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2013
Ealing Comedy Festival: Walpole Park, Ealing, London, 2014
Seann Walsh: Seann 28: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2014
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2016
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2017
Always Be Comedy: The Exhibit Balham, London. 2017
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield Pub, Kennington, London, 2018
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield Pub, Kennington, London, 2019
Seann Walsh: After This One, I’m Going Home: Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh, 2019
Headliners Comedy: George IV pub, Chiswick, London, 2020
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2020
Always Be Comedy Online: (2 shows): Online: 2020
Comedy Kiss: Radicals and Victuallers, Islington, London, 2020
Always Be Comedy Online: (3 shows) Online: 2021
Outside The Box Comedy Club: The Royal Oak, New Malden, London, 2021
Always Be Comedy Online: The James Gill Roast: Online: 2021
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2021
Headliners Comedy 20th Anniversary Show: George IV pub, Chiswick, London, 2021 

Seann Walsh is one of the most consistently funny observational comedians I have seen in recent years.  I first saw him perform two small sets for showcases in Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009 and 2010 but he really came into his own in his solo shows that he performed at the Fringe.

In 2011, Ying and Yang heavily featured subjects on laziness and how to passively watch a film.  2012’s show Seann To Be Wild concentrated on the subject of drinking, 2013’s The Lie-In King was a study of his disorganised life, and Seann 28 in 2014 focused on him moving in with his girlfriend.

Whenever I watched him, Walsh always seemed lost in a big world, yet his descriptions are always so incredibly spot-on thanks to instantly recognisable waves of laughter from the audience.

The comedian has that rare gift of ranting about any subject and making it funny.  He is an absolute natural on stage unafraid to talk about anything that comes to mind.  Every time I have seen him live; he has made me consistently cry with laughter.  Walsh was a surprise guest at Always Be Comedy in January and December 2018 and then for an Edinburgh preview show in July 2019 and again with new ideas in September 2019. He delivered a searing honest and extremely funny account of his stand-up career.  He delighted the audience with inspired stories and a hidden talent for impressions (including an inspired Michael McIntyre), character observations and biting wit.

I saw Walsh’s solo show After This One I’m Going Home at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2019.  I was genuinely delighted for him that he had a packed audience and one of the greatest observational comedians currently working in the country had me in fits of laughter with his brilliant routines including one about playing football as a youngster and having to collect the ball from a neighbour.

I saw the comic perform again at Headliners Comedy Club in January 2020 and Always Be Comedy in February 2020 where once again he was a pleasure to watch perform new material for a future show including subjects as diverse as filling household bins and ‘wokeness’.

Walsh performed brilliant routines for Always Be Comedy Online in June and August 2020.  Describing his experience of coping with the worldwide lock down during a global pandemic and the situation the country was in with his own unique hilarious style was a constant joy.  I was laughing so hard at the routine and delighted to see him on the bills.

The brilliant comedian headlined Comedy Kiss that I saw in December 2020.  He delivered a hysterically funny set about the pressure of shopping in a supermarket, which the audience could relate to and reward with non-stop laughter and applause.

Walsh appeared for Always Be Comedy Online that I watched in March 2021.  His routine on preparing for a Zoom meeting was hysterical; and he easily made the audience continuously laugh aloud for his twenty-minute set.

The comedian appeared twice online side by side with fellow comedian Mark Simmons and also delivered a full solo show of new material at Always Be Comedy Online in April 2021.  They both created an inspired set where Walsh was teaching Simmons the art of comedy using cleverly devised zoom tricks and extremely funny routines.

Walsh headlined the first live gig I saw for a long time in May 2021 at Outside The Box Comedy Club.  After months of lockdown, it was good to get out and the gig was in the beer garden of The Royal Oak pub in New Malden.  Unfortunately, the weather was not great but Walsh delivered in spades delivering his new material set in such hilarious fashion, it was impossible for me not to continuously laugh out loud.

In June 2021, compere James Gill celebrated his birthday online at Always Be Comedy Online. An amazing line up of surprise comedians including Walsh gave a no-holds-barred tribute ‘roast’ to the great man.  The show was one of the funniest ninety-minutes of the year.

The comedian returned to Always Be Comedy in August 2021 and for a Headliners Comedy 20th Anniversary Show in September 2021 where he delivered brilliant routines of material for a brand-new tour.  Subjects under scrutiny included photograph collections, hoovers, ageing, personal training, and supermarket checkouts.  His attention to detail was once again hysterically accurate and the performance was another triumph.

Walsh is one of the greatest observational comedians currently on the comedy circuit.  I look forward to seeing him again and I wish him every success.

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