Jack Samuel Warner
Jason 'Entertainment' Cooke
Jason John Whitehead
Jefferson & Whitfield
Jonny And The Baptists
John Lynn: Social Notworking
This was an odd night. I don’t know if he always stares at someone in the audience, stage left, but whoever it was probably copped two-thirds of his attention for this show. He managed to tear himself away every now and then, but I began to feel quite uncomfortable for whoever it was.
John Lynn is absolutely compelling, I don’t think he even needs the stage to hold your attention, like the Ancient Mariner, you wouldn’t be able to tear yourself away from his yarns if he buttonholed you in a pub. He’s got an easy delivery, that like the late, great Dave Allen, can explode with angry, eyeball popping intensity.
He constructs a great anecdote, nothing fanciful, but life embroidered to the max. The parlous state of the Irish economy, being unemployed, teacher training, the kids (and exploitation thereof), relationships, chasing the your dreams, the stress placed on a good relationship by sharing with your single, troglodytic mates.
To be honest, this got a long time to get going on the night. It was a bit too informal, a bit of an entertaining a chat in a bar with the a good looking Irishman with issues, and the baleful staring from the stage was quite unnerving, but it tipped over into being a proper show. He was hugely entertaining giving an impression of his ex being utterly drunk (Shades of Dylan Moran demonstrating intoxication, if you need a point of reference, but still completely John Lynn).
This is better than some other three star shows I’ve seen, but he needs to be a more disciplined and less alarming, otherwise we could do this show over a table in a bar and have him hold court, rather than him beggar himself paying for a venue and audience all paying for seats. If you want some intense and interesting Irish comedy, more forceful than beguiling froth, this is worth your attention.
|Date of live review: Saturday 13th Aug, '11|
Review by Julia Chamberlain
Wednesday 22nd Feb, '12-
Thursday 4th Jun, '09- Kilkenny Cleeres
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?