Giacinto Palmieri at the 2010 Hackney Empire new act final

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Corry Shaw

The audience took a while to warm to Giacinto Palmieri, perhaps trying to work out if his very thick Italian accent meant he was a character act. But he established his authenticity, winning them round with some nicely quirky material about idioms, offering a unique view of the oddities of the English language.

His nerves were his downfall, making him appear slightly uncomfortable on this grand stage, but he had some beautiful lines, including refreshingly biting observations on Italian politics. Palmieri’s brilliant closing line regarding Silvio Berlusconi is proof that there is lots more to come from this engaging comic.

Review date: 31 Jan 2010
Reviewed by: Corry Shaw
Reviewed at: Hackney Empire

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