Comedy review: Darren Walsh: I Am A Giant

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Darren Walsh: I Am a Giant at Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313), reviewed by 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.

Originally published in The Scotsman

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