Kevin Shevlin at the FHM Search For A Stand-Up Hero final

Note: This review is from 2009

Review by Steve Bennett

Relative newcomer Kevin Shevlin shows some genuine promise in his distinctive writing, though his performance skills are still very underdeveloped. He paints a convincing picture of an unemployed drop-out, unconcerned with engaging with the rest of the human race (including the audience) and useless with women.

There’s an enjoyably lethargic misanthropy to his work – a touch of Dylan Moran, perhaps – although his downbeat delivery is something of a turn-off. But enough sharply offbeat lines shine through to keep it interesting, and his closing routine in which he bleakly describes in morbid detail a descent into lonely old-age is very bold, getting laughs from the unremittingly depressing image he creates rather than anything funny. The lad’s definitely got something on which to build

Review date: 24 Nov 2009
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Reviewed at: Comedy Loft Camden

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