Sean Hughes - Penguins (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Sean Hughes - Penguins

A new look and a pleasing youthful effervescence from the London-Irish comic

It’s over 20 years since Sean Hughes became the then-youngest winner of the Perrier Award, and it would probably be fair to say that for a while he may have fallen out of love with stand-up. But these days, the London-Irish comic bounds around with a pleasing youthful effervescence, reflected in the playful, primary-coloured stage design. Not that he’s any less confused with the world than he was at the start of his career, and here he’s wondering if it’s even possible for us all to find our true place in life.

Straight from the off, Hughes has a real surprise for his crowd and it takes a little while to adjust to his ‘new look’. But once everything settles down, he is the same old fool for love who appears on the surface perfectly fine with being on his own most of the time. There’s some chat about the technological obsessions of our day (reminding the younger members of the crowd that there was life before digital downloads) and philosophical musings on why we are the penguins of his title.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 25 Aug, 7.30pm, £13–£15 (£11–£13).

Sean Hughes: Penguins

Dark, sardonic humour and disgruntled storytelling from the former Never Mind The Buzzcocks team captain.