After doing over 100 gigs, beating up an invisible horse 50 times, I am now recovering. Edinburgh was an absolute blast. My solo show got a reckoning from Fringe veteran reviewer Kate Copstick:
Darren Walsh is indeed very tall. He is also very funny. And smart enough to bring us half an hour of pretty much solid laughter in a half-hour show, rather than the half-hour of laughter many lesser comics bring us in an hour-long show.
The most labour intensive kind of comic is a gag merchant, a punster. Out onstage with no narrative safety net and no point-making padding must be the scariest of places, but Walsh seems impressively relaxed. He is a genial presence, not manic like Tim Vine, not wonderfully nerdy like Gary Delaney and not deadpan like Jimmy Carr, but very much his own mirthmaker.
And the jokes just keep coming. There are puns and props, sound gags and sight gags, gigglers and groaners. The 30 minutes hurtle past. I am not going to quote any here, you will just have to take my word for it that you would have to be a very sad person not to enjoy this cheerful, jokeful hour.
And another one from ThreeWeeks:
Darren Walsh makes a hilarious stand-up debut with ‘I am A Giant’, a performance that showcases the six-foot-eight comedian’s huge reserves of comic potential. His razor sharp one-liners offer a brilliant take on life’s little eccentricities and the everyday expressions we take for granted. These are supplemented by delightfully bizarre and impeccably delivered puns and visual gags which are guaranteed to leave you laughing. Although his progression from one joke to the next can be a little disjointed and his slightly cringeworthy comedy songs became a little tiresome by the end of his half hour stint, it was still an incredibly funny performance. This show is not perfect, but Darren Walsh is undoubtedly a Milton Jones in the making and I’m sure we have not seen the last of him.
So, only two reviews, but I got a lot of audience reaction on Twitter. I am going to upload video footage and retire most of material creating new stuff for next year.