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|Mark Walker at Chortle's Fast Fringe|
|Stand Up: 2003:
Edinburgh show: One Man And His Gob
One Man And His Gob
|Stand Up: 2001:
Edinburgh show: The Man Who Fell To Mirth
The Man Who Fell To Mirth
Mark Walker: Scorpio - Fringe 2009
Letís be very clear here. A certain percentage of the population will disagree vehemently with this review, including the majority of the audience that were in the show tonight. Mark Walker can and does make people laugh but does this make him a good comedian?
If someone can make a roomful of people laugh, and I mean really belly laugh, surely that makes them a competent comedian at the very least. Not in my opinion, not when your laughs are only gained from expensive props, borderline homophobic material and lines that must have been considered old when Mark Walkerís father was first treading the boards.
There is no doubt that Walker is a good showman, he has a number of convincing accents, reasonable impressions and clearly the wealth to fund the most pizzazzy set Iíve seen in such a small room. But scratch the shiny surface and there is very little depth of content.
A limp wrist, a camp accent and a five-minute routine about Spiderman: The First Gay Musical may be just about tolerable if there was a payoff or a point. Chortleís policy is generally not to reveal jokes in my reviews but ĎSpiderman, Spiderman, loves to be inside a maní is not a punchline worth protecting, regardless of how much dancing about goes alongside it.
I glance around the room as Walker takes us through number upon number of famous Scorpios, listing which zodiacal traits they have taken on. Huge laughs again for pointing out that Charles Manson was bad but seemed happy and Marie Curie was good but ugly.
And so it goes on, Glaswegians have a funny walk, Sister Act is a bad film, men wank into socks. The laughs keep coming and I keep despairing.
Yes there are people who will like this show, yes these people should be catered for, does this mean I would recommend it? No.
|Date of live review: Wednesday 12th Aug, '09|
Review by Corry Shaw
Thursday 0th Oct, '04-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2001 -
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2006 -
He is in need of a new review - his act last night was flawless and devoid of props! His material has developed too.
Best material I have heard in a long long time, really looking forward to seeing his new show!
Extremely funny comic. Saw him in the Glee Club in Cardiff and he had the crowd in stitches. Brilliant night
The worst comic i've seen in ages. He was dreadful- even resorting to second-hand sex gags when the rest of his jokes bombed. I didn't think it was possible to be less funny that his dad and Mr Chips but I'll "say what I see": a crap comedian.
So original, not run of the mill like many comics today. I saw him at Southampton Jongleurs and laughed for days after remembering things he did and said. f##kin' funny.
He is ridiculously funny. To me he is one of the funniest people that i can watch that makes my stomach hurt from laughing so hard.
Very funny indeed, the Spiderman part had me in tears. Saw his gay Spiderman in Singapore! Still can't remember it without falling about laughing. Fantastic stand-up. Simon Wallace 07.10.04
Quite possibly one of the funniest comics on the circuit, this guy is a crowd pleaser and may he continue to be one, always makes me laugh. Full stop.
Mark Walker: The Man Who Fell To Mirth
Edinburgh Fringe 2003
Mark Walker: One Man and his Gob
Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Marc Lucero: Fear of Ironing
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Mark Walker: Scorpio