Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
Simon B Cotter
Snorri Hergill Kristjansson
Special guest who cannot be named
Stephen K Amos
Steve N Allen
He has provided voices for Channel 4's animated series Bromwell High, BBC 2's Double Take and on Radio 4's Dead Ringers, and made his Edinburgh debut with the one man show Britalian, about his half-English, half-Italian heritage in 2005.
Stefano Paolini supporting Al Pitcher's Picture Show
As a second-generation Italian immigrant, Stefano Paolini understandably bases much of his act on the gap between his parents’ culture and his own. Admittedly, some of this takes the most obvious route of simply mimicking their accents – but he has the vocal talents to pull off these mini-characterisations with aplomb.
He’s also a pretty mean beatboxer, which never fails to please a crowd, and in one of his best moments combines this with a typically playful take on one enduring Italian stereotype, with a gangsta rap song as if performed by a tight-lipped Mafioso.
His is an evocatively light-hearted look at his family and national culture, and what it’s like to be an underachieving thirtysomething still living at home with his quirky parents. It makes the routine more about witty imagry than killer punchlines, so expect an amiably amusing ramble, rather than a comic romp that puts your sides at risk But he’s a personable guide through his own situation, even if the approach is relatively low-key.
When he works away from the personal and in more universal territory, however, the comparative weakness of the writing is more exposed, and the set notably lulls. An observational routine about how to tell whether someone’s posh or not is a stand-out, but the rest is rather ordinary.
|Date of live review: Monday 9th Nov, '09|
Review by Steve Bennett
Wednesday 14th Nov, '07-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2005 -
Saw Stefano last night in Watford, he was brilliant. One of the best London comedians I've seen since Micky Flanagan. Wish he had some of his material on YouTube so I could show my friends how good he is. Star for the future in sure.
Stefano (The Britalian) Paolini was brilliant on the Jongleurs comedy tour last night in Huddersfield. 4.5 stars out of 5. In front of a recession hit, not-so-packed (Father's Day) audience his storytelling humour mixed with impressions were superb…check out The Brilliant Britalian.
He was on fire last night off the Strand. Just fantastic. The jokes were subtle and clever and his impersonations right on the money. He's so smiley too. An awesome night!
Stefano is amazing - I've seen him several times now and he never fails to surprise and please the audience with his original mix of wit, impressions and even beatboxing - unusual, intelligent set
Stafano did a middle 20min set at LaughterBox last Thursday: he is a real crowd pleaser - very funny material enhanced with hilarious character voices and impressions.
This guy was amazing, i was crying with laughter all the way through! Easily the best of the night!
Real rollercoaster of an act, unmissable!
A superb talent! A seemingly natural comic with the added bonus of a tremendous skill for impersonations. I'll certainly look out for him on the comedy circuit again.
BBC New Comedy Awards Grand Final 2002
Edinburgh Fringe 2005
Stefano Paolini: Britalian