Sean Patton: Number One

Flatulence, fornication and filth; Sean Patton brings his show Number One to Edinburgh armed with a New Orleans attitude and an unashamed subject matter of all things vulgar and bodily.

Expect nervous laughing at points, but an overall lark – his filthy audacity must earn some credit.

A refrain of ‘where is he going with this?’ undoubtedly buzzes around the audience when Patton shatters any illusion that we would be allowed to remain in our seats without cringing from the word, er (for fear of ruining the opening), go. After thirty minutes with Patton, we know more about his sexual encounters than we do about our own – from bed-wetting to his opportunistic use of milk.

Patton’s mental conditions, he decides, are not to be dismissed as a topic beautifully ripe for satire. Perhaps this is why he oozes so much effortless charisma; unafraid of failure in mocking his own lifetime struggles the verbal portrait he offers of his ritualistic OCD habits is hilarious. A few anecdotes in regard to his spring break, admittedly, approach an awkward climax; twisting fragile events into comedy can be risky, and it’s touch and go until he deviates back to a hilarious reference to his altruistic OCD habit – it was just about okay.

Although he is, as we learn, unashamed in spilling the wildest of yarns, he succeeds in truly capturing the audience with an unpredictable turn to seriousness. Absolutely captivated at the end of a tale evoking so much audience empathy you could hear a mouse fart, he surprises us again with a fabulously timed crack leaving us all in hysterics.

Patton is certainly blessed as a storyteller and is as entertaining as any American who is willing to breach, with comedy, the well-worn subject of Donald Trump and to caricature his countrymen. Expect nervous laughing at points, but an overall lark – his filthy audacity must earn some credit. 

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The Blurb

A comedian from the drunken voodoo pirate city of New Orleans, Louisiana. There are many ways to describe Sean onstage, but the New York Times did it best when they said ‘I've seen him perform more than a dozen sets, and he's killed every time. He's dynamite, even with ordinary material, turning standard Brooklyn-hipster jokes into a stomping, roaring tour de force, and elevating a bit about sex-performance anxiety into high-stakes comedy.’ Number One is Sean's story of heartbreak, natural disasters, and celebrating the one thing that unites us all: human flaw.