Jack Samuel Warner
Jason 'Entertainment' Cooke
Jason John Whitehead
Jefferson & Whitfield
Jonny And The Baptists
John Lynn At Cat Laughs 2009
He may have a haircut straight out of a Seventies wedding photo, but John Lynn has a lot of old-fashioned Irish charm, too.
This relaxed, conversational comic starts so low-key you wouldn’t even know he was doing material – and if you were being unkind, you might say that the initial scarcity of punchlines adds to that impression, too.
But gradually he grows into to the task; the observational routines get tighter and the gags sharper, even harsher – though he always delivers them with such a twinkle that he gets away with it. He’s as intolerant of children as only an ex-teacher can be, and suggests punishment by melon that may fall under the UN’s definition of ‘unusual’.
The cornerstone of his act, though are his thoughts on the pros and cons of singledom versus long-term relationships, such as the one he is in. He has some very well put-together routines on the topic, with fine observations building into a very satisfying segment which will strike close to home for many.
At his peak, Lynn is like Tommy Tiernan played at the wrong speed: relaxed in his incredulity at his domestic situation rather than ranting and raving at it. Other times he might be a bit too laid-back for his own good, suggesting that even though he’s one of Ireland’s fastest-rising stars, there could still be more to come.
|Date of live review: Thursday 4th Jun, '09|
Review by Steve Bennett
Wednesday 22nd Feb, '12-
Saturday 13th Aug, '11-
Saw John as warm up act for Tom Stade at the Doncaster Dome and he was incredibly funny. Doncaster obviously like the 'F' word as the audience certainly weren't alienated. Having been to huge arena gigs we still prefer being able to see and interact with the comedian and John was fantastic at it. We will definitely be keeping an eye out for future performances - but probably won't sit on the front row!!
Firstly, Thank you! Eden Court Inverness for having the foresight to convey Gilded Balloon Tour to the Highland capital.John Lynn was courageous playing (MC)for the evening. I'm sure you thought you were at a seance,'is there anybody out there?'ringing in your mind.Highland audiences are 'like old cars,slow to get started,but once on the move....'. Sparing the cattle prod,in favour of your determination to win over the audience with your humour,or plan B wire their seats to the National Grid for a response,if all fails! You have the components and engaging personality that a comedian needs. Achilles heel in your set,the frequent use of the F word,makes you sound angry and alienate an audience,yes! use the F word sparingly! I felt I was witnessing a character brought to life on stage from a Roddy Doyle book.Excellent job made of weaving the three other acts on the bill and manoeuvring the crowd to enjoy the experience. Not an easy job?