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Paddy Lennox: Who Does He Think He Is – Fringe 2009
After the shock of temporarily forgetting his own name on a hospital visit, Paddy Lennox was inspired to ask, exactly what is in a name? How does it define you and how do you define it?
From his parents' contrary decision to call a boy who would grow up a Northern Irish Protestant Patrick, to him abandoning the surname Kane to get an Equity card, how much of your identity, he wonders, is tied up in your moniker? It's a thought-provoking theme for a show, rich with potential, but the end result doesn't convince as comedy.
Lennox is a sweet, occasionally over-earnest, performer whose acting background comes through more strongly than his stand-up experience. With an evident pleasure in the storytelling, he leads the audience through a PowerPoint tour of 400 years in the life of the Kane family.
There's his auntie in the Forties, looking rather racy as she poses on the beach in a bikini. Here's his grandfather, who flew planes in the war and nearly died after crash landing in a field. It's easy to imagine Kane's mum might be about to pop in to hand round tea and biscuits, such is the cosy, Sunday afternoon feel.
Hoping, like we all do, to find evidence of heroics or scandal in his lineage, Lennox takes a DNA test but the results are disappointingly mundane. When he is told a relative of considerable note is buried in Westminster Abbey, however, a chain of discoveries are made that lead him to re-evaluate the person he thought he was.
If none of this sounds particularly amusing, that's because it isn't. It's sometimes interesting, occasionally poetic (as when he likens the death of his grandfather to a library fire) and often endearing, but it's not funny. It may have more success as a drama, but it would need some serious development.
As it stands, Lennox is too bogged down in his personal journey and neglects to explore the elements that might resonate with an audience. The family album of a stranger has fairly limited interest. While he may be fascinated to find out who he is, he needs to imbue his audience with the same enthusiasm.
|Date of live review: Tuesday 18th Aug, '09|
Review by Nione Meakin
Friday 1st Feb, '02-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2005 -
Booked Pete to open at The Two Rivers Comedy in Staines last Thursday he was brilliant, great material and a real hit with everyone at the gig.
Just seen Paddy tonight in Northwich and believe me the other 2 acts struggled to keep up with him he was brilliant and had the audience in the palm of his hands The review on here is crap only gave him 2 stars, well i would give him 4 and so did the others with me. Well done Paddy
Paddy has visited our rather odd rural venue many times over the years for charity events we run and every time the audience has loved his abilities as the MC. Intermingling his own material with a fantastic ability to work with the audience, he really makes the evening go with a roar of laughter. We really look forward to him coming back to insult us all over again. His show is always a sell out!
Paddy headlined at our gig in West Hampstead on Saturday - he was brilliant and a real hit with everyone at the gig
Paddy was one of two comedians I hired for a comedy night in November to launch a charity appeal and went down an absolute storm. I had previously seen Paddy at the Sherborne Comedy Club but he topped that performance with fresh material backed up with in-jokes about the area and quick witted audience interaction. People still come up to me now and comment on how good he was.rnrnIt was a pleasure working with Paddy and I hope to work with him again this year on a number of charity events.
Paddy was our opening act and set the place alight, fast and intellectual humour, this guy will go far, all good and original material Paddy was a big hit and we will certainly have him back.
We saw Paddy for the second time at Jokers in Weston-super-Mare last Friday. This guy just gets better and better! He holds the audence's attention throughout with strong,original and fresh material. He has natural ability and a great comic face. Paddy would fit well into any TV panel show I'm sure. I would travel to see Paddy. Come back soon Paddy.
Saw Paddy at Caernarfon and thought he was great. Judging by the reaction from the rest of the audience, they thought so too! Hoping he's going to come back to North Wales soon as I've been telling everyone how funny he is and a genuinely nice guy too, which is a breath of fresh air. Particularly loved the 'cat being sick' impression. Go and see him if you get the chance!
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
AAA Stand-up 
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Paddy Lennox: Who Does He Think He Is