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Punchline Recommends: Seann Walsh ’28’

7 Aug

Words by Susan Ford

Seann Walsh

Seann Walsh

We don’t just recommend Seann Walsh, we absolutely love him! Seann is the only comedian to perform TWICE for Punchline, and his new festival show ’28’ has been at the top of our must-see list for sometime now.

Seann Walsh has had a fantastic year since his Best Comedy Award nomination in 2013, including many TV appearances and a DVD release. His new Fringe 2014 show ’28’ doesn’t focus on these huge achievements however, it is all about Seann, now aged 28, and his hilarious observations of life. Seann may have grown up a lot in the past year, but he still portrays his classic boyish humour in all his anecdotes about the small, niggling aspects of his adult life.

Seann’s presence on stage is fascinating; his ability to bring simple stories to life is one of the reasons he is so brilliant. Spending an hour with Seann, relating to all his very funny tales, is an hour of your time you don’t want to miss out on.

Catch Seann Walsh’s ’28‘ in Pleasance Cabaret Bar at 21.20, but be quick as his shows are selling out very fast.

Punchline Comedy Gala with Seann Walsh, Ian D Montford, Des Clarke and Ivan Brackenbury

16 Mar

Ladies and gentlemen, Punchline is in town! And for the first time ever, we were in two towns. Friday 25th October saw the comedy gala rip up Perth Concert Hall, and on Saturday 26th October we took over Edinburgh’s Picturehouse. Helping us to put on two awesome shows were comedians Des Clarke, Ian D Montford, Seann Walsh and Ivan Brackenbury. Here are the highlights from October’s Punchline Comedy Gala.

Des Clarke opens the show

Des Clarke opens the show

Des Clarke was the perfect host; his anecdotes are not only majestically funny, but also told with the spin of a professional story-teller. As a ‘local’ Scotsman (can a Glaswegian really call himself a local in Edinburgh?) his familiar references and home-grown jokes were a storming introduction to the Punchline galas. In fact, Des is so good at weaving a story together, that I could listen to him, always laughing, tell that one about the Olympic torch, over and over and over…

The opening act for Des to introduce, firstly to the Perth Punchline Gala and secondly to Edinburgh, was spirit medium Ian D Montford. Dressed all in white, long blonde hair and flip flops, you could see both audiences were stunned as they attempted to figure out what this man might bring to the lineup. What he did bring, was funny, cheeky and witty jokes, wrapped up in a genuine psychic ability and an edge-of-your-seat performance.

Ian D. Montford

Ian D. Montford

Up next was Punchline favourite Seann Walsh. Seann’s Edinburgh festival show ‘The Lie-In King’ saw him nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award this year, and his numerous TV appearances mark his success even more notably. Seann brought elements of his Festival show, alongside some classic observational material to create a highly energetic and hilarious performance like only our Seann Walsh can.

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Seann Walsh

Headlining the shows was hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury, so good he got a standing ovation at the end of his set. If you haven’t seen Ivan before, the gist of his jokes is that he makes a big shout out to one of the hospital’s patients, then teams it up with a completely inappropriate song. The outcome is side-splittingly good, conjuring laughter from the darkest corner of comedy and pushing Ivan’s sense of imagination to the forefront. Ivan broadcasted a very special show live from Punchline, straight back to the hospital, engraving an epic ending in to the weekend.

Ivan Brackenbury

Ivan Brackenbury

The beauty of Punchline comes from the immaculate details applied to every aspect of the show by our producer Rosalind Romer. From the class lineup, right down to the perfect venues, Punchline is by far, the best night of comedy in town. But don’t just take it from me, stay tuned and come along to the next show @punchlineuk facebook.com/punchlineuk

Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominees Announced

22 Aug

Words by Susan Ford Seann Walsh

We were very pleased over at Punchline to hear that our next headliner Seann Walsh has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award, and wish him the best of luck come Saturday.

Also nominated is previous Punchliner Nick Helm, as well as some of our favourite comedians from this year’s Fringe: Carl Donnelly, James Acaster, Max and Ivan, Mike Wozniak and Bridget Christie have all been announced as contenders today.

Nominated for the very exciting Newcomers Award are Aisling Bea, John Kearns, Liam Williams, Matt Okine and Romesh Ranganathan.

The Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards are now in their 33rd year and are one of the most respected accolades in the world of comedy. Steve Coogan won the award in 1992 (known as the Perrier), and will be responsible for announcing the winner of the Award and the £10,000 prize at lunch time this Saturday.

It’s all very exciting!

Edinburgh Fringe Review: Seann Walsh ‘The Lie-In King’

17 Aug

Words by Susan FordSeannWalsh

“Punchline headliner Seann Walsh is the Lie-in king at this year’s Fringe”

Seann Walsh will be the next Punchline headliner in October, so we highly recommend you check out him out, obviously! His show this year at the festival has already been a massive success, with most nights selling out in advance, and for every good reason. Walsh is the modern day observational comedian, combining stories of being in your late twenties with other anecdotes everyone else can relate too also.

Seann has recently bought a flat on his own, and the majority of his performance is made up of jokes around this, as he ultimately plans to sort his life out. If you saw Seann last year, you’ll recognise this recurring theme, implying that in the past year, Seann has still not managed the massive goal. And luckily for us he hasn’t, because it is tales of hangovers, ordering pizza and heading to the pub for ‘just the one jaeger bomb’ that leave every one in stitches.

With his trademark long blonde hair, and this year’s impressive beard, his anecdotes of laziness are an easy topic. He lives up to his own character well throughout the production and his animated way of telling a story adds to the dramatic value of his comedy. Seann is an excellent script writer, and his sets continuously flow well and are timed to perfection, meaning that when he does lose focus slightly, he gets to show off how naturally funny he is through a bit of improvisation.

Seann may not take on the biggest challenges that the world currently faces in his show this year, but he does deliver with enthusiam, all the comedic traits that have made him so popular. With two TV series on the go, and a live stand up DVD on the way, Seann is certainly on his way to becoming the UKs biggest stadium comedian. If you are gutted you missed Seann at the festival, please get your tickets in early for Punchline to see him shine as our headline act. Book tickets

Punchline 2013 Line Up Revealed: a look at Punchline’s past

5 Jun

Seann WalshBy Susan Ford

As the festival announcements come in thick and fast, Punchline are getting in on the action to reveal some very exciting news: October’s line-up has now been revealed. Before I jump straight in to that, let’s take a look back at the hilarious comedians and acts that have made the Punchline name so strong. Don’t worry though comedy lovers, I’ll wrap it up at the end with our big announcement…

Punchline launched in March 2012, with its first show housed in the Usher Hall. The Usher Hall sums up everything Punchline represents – it’s grand, it’s beautiful and it’s absolutely massive! Punchline promoter Rosalind Romer twisted the preconceptions of comedy and big venues, by booking acts that may not be as big as Michael McIntyre, but certainly are on the cusp of it. Playing the first show were Seann Walsh, Andrew Lawrence, Idiots of Ants, Mark Olver and the extremely surprising mystery guest Frankie Boyle: don’t just take my word for how much fun it was, here’s what the press said:

‘A brand new comedy night of the rather ace variety… a very welcome addition to the Edinburgh comedy scene’ THE SKINNY
‘A chance to get a feel for the furore of the Fringe in the middle of March’ THE STUDENT
‘An impressive launch roster’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Tip-top triple bill’ THE LIST
‘A festival in a day’ CASTLE FM

The second Punchline show in October 2012 took three of the biggest shows from the Edinburgh Festival and squeezed them in to one night. Performing were Josh Widdicombe, Roisin Conaty and Nick Helm, with host Greg Burns. Roisin Conaty has made a name for herself on BBC3s ‘Impractical Jokers’, Josh Widdicombe has been on pretty much every TV show this year, including ‘The Last Leg’ alongside Adam Hills and Alex Brooker, and Nick Helm is topped to be one of the hottest acts this festival. Catch Nick Helm and Josh Widdicombe proving how good Punchline’s taste in comedy is at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Promo - Josh Josh Widdicombe, October 2012 Punchline performer

The most recent show in March there showed off Punchline’s pick of the Fringe 2012, with John Hastings, David Trent, Pappy’s and Charlie Baker all performing. Charlie Baker had the audience in stitches with his Devonshire charm, while Pappy’s played downright silly with hilarious and clever sketches that were completely unpredictable.

And now for our big announcement…

Whilst Punchline will not be returning to the Usher Hall on October 26th, they will be bringing back a very special comedian from the first ever show: Seann Walsh. Since his first appearance at Punchline, Seann Walsh has performed on numerous panel shows, was a team captain on Argumental, and recently filmed his own series ‘Seann Walsh World’. He will be showcasing his new show ‘The Lie-In King’ at this year’s festival and is a very welcome return to the Punchline line-up.

Alongside Seann Walsh, in the new venue The Picture House in Edinburgh, will be Ian D Montfort, Ivan Brackenbury & Des Clarke. The new line-up has incorporated Punchline’s predictions for who will be successful during the Fringe, alongside Rosalind’s unique and inside knowledge from within the comedy circuit. Don’t miss this one; tickets are available now from http://mamacolive.com/thepicturehouse/listings/upcoming-events/8328/punchline-comedy-gala

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