Seann Walsh at the Venue

The Venue in DCU recently played host to English comedian Seann Walsh. He is currently on his tour of the UK and Ireland. This highly respected comedian is no stranger to performing in front of large crowds as he was part of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Therefore, the sold out gig in DCU did not faze him.

Walsh has been quite successful on the comedy circuit scooping up Chortle Best Breakthrough Act 2010 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Those who had seen the 27-year-old from Brighton on a variety of panel shows such as Virtually Famous came with great expectations.

The event began with warm up act Marlon Davis. Little is expected from warm-up acts but this up and coming comedian certainly proved any doubters wrong. From the outset he had the audience in tears of laughter. Everyone enjoyed his anecdotes and racial jokes insulting himself. Davis is certainly one to watch as he will most definitely be gracing our screens in the near future.

After the brief interval the energetic and charismatic Seann Walsh bounced onto the stage. He had fantastic audience interaction from the get go. He asked audience members their names and what they were studying. This was very humourous as he had difficulty understanding Irish names such as “Eimear”, remarking that it sounded like the sequel to Finding Nemo.

More the pity the fool who walked in late, as they were undoubtedly going to be picked out and grilled, all in good fun of course. Five boys made this error and naturally enough were referred to as “The Boyband” by Walsh for the remainder of the night.

Walsh discussed simple topics such as his girlfriend waking him up in the morning, Wi-Fi, washing dishes and Netflix. However, he still managed to have the audience in stitches. Everyone could relate to these topics especially when he referred to the difficulty of choosing a show to watch on Netflix, which by the time you have chosen something, you are already asleep.

One could sense he was doing improvisation from time to time as at one point he said “What do you want me to talk about?” This did not take away from the quality of the show. It demonstrates how much of a talent he is to be able to think of such great content on his feet. The event itself was quite brief with Walsh only performing for a little over 45 minutes.

Walsh and his luscious long hair are increasingly becoming a star attraction and for good reason. Anyone given the chance to see this laugh out loud gig should definitely grab it with both hands.

Lisa Kirby

Image credit: Eoin Lúc Ó Ceallaigh

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