Darren Walsh: Punderbolt (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Darren Walsh: Punderbolt

credit: Rupert Peace

Pun-filled hour with cartoons, God and an otter called Philip

When a comedian's set is stuffed full of pun-filled one-liners, it's always a wonder how they manage to maintain an audience's attention for the full hour. OK, so if you don't like one gag another is along in minute but it can be an exhausting experience. The kings of the one-liners Tim Vine and Milton Jones somehow manage it, but Darren Walsh is taking no chances and has opted for lots of visuals and just a touch of audience participation to decorate his puns. There are cartoons and props, some short films on the screen behind and an otter called Philip. God pops in despite the fact that he doesn't exist and the front few rows supply topics on which Walsh instantly produces a play-on-words gag. The boy's well versed in punning that's for sure.

It's a surreal world that Walsh creates and one that you're happy to spend an hour in. There are some deliciously off-the-wall moments – ever wondered what it's like to be lobster or a donkey? Walsh gives you an idea. 'Yes or No?' – whichever way you answer, it's going to end badly.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 17), 8.30pm, £7–£9 (£6–£8).

Darren Walsh: Punderbolt

  • 3 stars

Walsh's first full-length show featuring animations, one-liners, videos, sound effects, drawings, ad-libbing and surreal nonsense.