Can you make a successful show just out of puns? And no, this isn’t Tim Vine. We’re talking really, really bad puns. Well, readers, it turns out Darren Walsh can.
This cleverly put-together piece from the incredibly tall Mr Walsh (six feet eight; and there are a few good height jokes about that) has a central conceit that we are on a flight with the little-known airline Pun Air – and there is much in the way of fast-fire digital audio and visual stuff to back this up.
There are repeated comments from, and even arguments with the pilot (played onscreen by Darren, obviously); plus cod in-flight announcements and warning signs.
This is a very jolly show indeed, as the puns get more and more outrageously convoluted and ouch-y, some of them taking several minutes of contrived audience participation to set up.
But Walsh’s boundless energy, spot-on comic timing and really imaginative use of special effects make this seemingly unlikely show uniquely hilarious.
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Reviewer: John Christopher Wood | Star rating: ****
Darren Walsh performed at the Ring O’Bells in Widcombe, Bath on Tuesday 2nd April 2019.