Inel Tomlinson at the 2010 Laughing Horse new act final

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Steve Bennett

Inel Tomlinson seems to have ODed on Def Comedy Jam... but a few bad habits aside (‘all the guys make some noise!’) the delivery techniques he’s picked up stand him in very good stead: exuberant, playfully confident and full of oomph, he engaged with the audience and breathed life into his observational material.

His signature routine revolves around the poor-quality trainers he had as a kid – a combination of nostalgia, celebration of rubbish things, and strong delivery that could make him the black Peter Kay, for better or for worse. He even makes the hack topic of Ryanair work, thanks to an inspired comparisson, though he doesn’t have the same luck in making the routine about Super Mario Brothers shine, marking a rare misstep.

Review date: 31 May 2010
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Reviewed at: The Dogstar

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