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Paul Kerensa started stand-up in 2002, when he won the ITV Take The Mike competition, and was a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards, Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards and Wilkinson Sword Cutting Edge Of Comedy Awards. That year, he also wrote a comic play for the Edinburgh Fringe – Spinning Jenny.
He made his Edinburgh debut in 2005 with 26 – based around the American action show 24 – and returned in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Original Review:Paul Kerensa has the cheery, relaxed-but-assured air of a middle-class professional who has always expected to do reasonably well in life. Smug, you might almost say.
But the only way you can do consistently well on the comedy circuit is to have solid material, and this is where Kerensa proves his confidence is justified. He is, without doubt, a productive gagsmith, with a fast-moving, well-constructed set simply bursting with sharp punchlines.
Wordplay is his forte, with neatly-written puns liberally scattered throughout. But he doesn’t constrain himself to one sort of joke, or even one sort of topic. He’ll forage for gags everywhere, which gives his set a broad scope in style and content.
Some of his best stuff is personal anecdotes – especially of the medical variety – but then there is some silly pirate-based audience banter that proves just as effective. Really, anything goes.
Such a wide-ranging set does mean there are a few things he maybe shouldn’t do. Ginger jokes, tired ‘gimme six’ type jibes at the inbred folk of his native Cornwall and a ‘by-and-large’ gag that Emo Phillips first did 20 years ago are all beneath him, and sully an otherwise impressive set.
His ease with an audience, and with his own smart material, make him a joy to watch, while the gag-heavy script always offers plenty to laugh at. Kerensa is an effective, reliable and likeable stand-up, with an impressive battery of (mostly) smart material.
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
|Date of review: Jul 2008|
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If you watch the credits, he is certainly associated with some good telly shows - including Not Going Out.
Very dull smartarse still churning out the same ginger based gags we saw him do 5 years ago.
After seeing Paul at the Edinburgh Festival this year I must admit I was a little disappointed if you look past the less than impressive power-point presentation and the costume changes, I honest don't find him amazingly entertaining let alone funny. This may seem harsh and I feel guilty as he is such a nice genuine guy who works incredibly hard... it's just don't expect to be rolling on the floor when you go to see him.
Can second all the good reviews - very relaxed and easy going with good material and personable banter. Very funny.
I saw him at Comedy at the Cottage last night and thought he put together a good, strong set. Perhaps he should lose the ginger material (it's a tad obvious stuff), but otherwise it was really enjoyable material, and I'd definitely like to see him again.
Paul hadlined at the Gloucester Guildhall this week, effortless delivery, good bantering skills, good material, very relaxed style with a well up for it crowd. An honest performer.
His material is well put together and well delivered. Really funny.
A clever act whom the audience warmed to. Consistently hilarious for half an hour.
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So A Comedian Walks Into A Church
Confessions of a Kneel-Down Stand-up by Paul Kerensa
BBC New Comedy Awards Grand Final 2002
The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award Final
Edinburgh Fringe 2005
Paul Kerensa's 26
Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Paul Kerensa: Back To The Futon
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Paul Kerensa: Genesis
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Paul Kerensa: iPaul, The Great Playlist Challenge
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Paul Kerensa: Borderline Racist