Darren Walsh: Chicken Meow

I really wanted to like Darren Walsh’s new show - I saw him last year and raved about him. However, this new show is nowhere near as slick or funny as last years offering, I am a Giant.

This year he is challenging himself to make a pun on any subject the audience throws at him and he didn’t find a subject that flummoxed him.

Walsh is funny. He has great comic timing and deserves to go far. The Hobgoblin was sold out and the audience did enjoy his fast one liners. However, this show felt rushed and under prepared and at times Walsh seemed like he didn’t really want to be on stage. After a few outings these factors may improve as it was his first show of the Fringe. It was advertised as an hour long but only lasted half an hour, and it felt like there wasn’t enough material to fill even that short time slot.

Despite all this, there was a lot of laughter and Walsh is a great punster. This year he is challenging himself to make a pun on any subject the audience throws at him and he didn’t find a subject that flummoxed him. Highlights included the clucking of Popcorn and like last year the visual cartoon pun gags. I am sure that Walsh is no chicken and hope that this review will egg him on to achieve comedy gold again.

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The Blurb

UK Pun Championships winner Darren Walsh debuted his 30 minute show 'I am a Giant' at the 2013 Brighton Fringe to rave reviews. This year the brings a new show of jokes and daft nonsense where the ultimate question will be answered; Chicken or Meow? “He is a genial presence” (Kate Copstick). “Top 10 Free Shows at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe” (TimeOut). “Walsh is all set to become the new ruler of the comedy kingdom” **** (Broadway Baby).“...a full on assault on the funny bones” (Brighton Gig Blog).