Seann Walsh: One for the Road

Seann Walsh is a brilliant observational comic, with an ability to tease out the comicality of even the most mundane, everyday occurrence. In his latest show, One for the Road, he explores the ways in which his life has changed recently, and questions whether these changes are down to his age or becoming middle class. Born into a working class family, Seann’s set has excellent comedic insight into class divides, as he discusses home life and dissects the differences between the friends he’s had from childhood, and the friends he’s been making lately.

Make sure to add Seann’s show to your schedule this Fringe.

Seann is a very animated and physical performer - imitations of friends, family, and especially of his girlfriend, are hysterically funny and so well executed. When spinning yarns he slips easily from one character to the next, telling the tale with gusto and great comic timing. He is a joy to watch.

A real highlight of the show was his bit on restaurant etiquette. His comments were so universally relatable that they couldn’t help but be funny. From the joys of getting a booth seat, to how everyone seems to order from the menu, to picking desserts, and finishing on to attempts at paying the bill, his commentary has the audience in hysterics. Using the stage to it’s full potential Seann manages to create the scene’s he's describing beautifully, greatly heightening the comedy. Other subject matter includes watching box sets with your significant other, stealing your friends tinder to ‘help’ set them up with someone, and the TV set of his youth. This is a well put together show that reflects modern society fantastically.

Seann’s performance, though mainly focussing on quite light subject matter, isn’t afraid to take a darker turn. His discussion of his anxiety is well performed, honest, insightful and, somehow, still very funny.

The show ends on a high with a musical piece entitled Goodbye to Youth, which is accompanied by a rather excellent slide show. Make sure to add Seann’s show to your schedule this Fringe.

Reviews by Ailish George

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The Blurb

The Lie-in King returns. All-new show from the star of BBC's Live at the Apollo, E4's Virtually Famous and ITV's Play to the Whistle. 'Unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation' (Guardian).