Seann Walsh - Same Again?
Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Seann Walsh was due to go on tour this spring with his hotly anticipated new show Same Again? The show has now been postponed until 2021, so we will have to wait until we can see Seann’s best loved routines with new candid stories from the last ten years. Craig Maplesden caught up with the comedian before lockdown to talk about his new show, doing stand-up in the playground at primary school and cage fighting.
Thank you for taking the time out to chat to me. The new tour is called ‘Same Again’, what do you cover in the new show?
It's called that because it’s a sort of 'Greatest Bits' show, but It’ll be a mix of new and old.
Have you always wanted to be a comedian?
As far back as I can remember, I used to do what was essentially stand-up at lunch time in the playground in primary school. I was trying to get encores so I didn’t have to go back to lessons.
What was the comedy scene like growing up in Brighton?
Very different to how it is now. There were only a couple of new act nights and now there are loads, one on every night I think.
It was a wonderful time though. There was a bunch of us and we all supported each other and got very very drunk.
"As far back as I can remember, I used to do what was essentially stand-up at lunch time in the playground in primary school. I was trying to get encores so I didn’t have to go back to lessons."
Who were your biggest comic influences growing up?
Stand-up wise; Lee Evans, Jack Dee, Lee Hurst and Jeff Green - Loved them! I got to be in a sitcom with Jack, which was a dream come true.
Are there any particular styles of comedy you enjoy more?
What I would say is I prefer to watch stand-up live. You really have to be there to experience it completely.
You’ve received a number of plaudits for your recent comedy Short ’The Drunk’, where you wrote and acted the ’silent’ comedy part. Is this something you would like to do more of?
'The Drunk' was a self-funded thing to learn how to direct. Making it a silent comedy was to make the process simpler and also because I’d been watching a lot of silent comedy at the time. I love Chaplin.
Do you think ‘The Drunk’ could become a regular character of yours - bringing the silent comedy era back to a new audience?
So could 'web-based' comedy be where future comedic talent gets themselves recognised?
It’s a far cry from doing the pub and club scene!
I think that’s the future. The now even. I don’t understand it all. You’re meant to put up clips with subtitles but I can’t work out how to do it. I think I missed all that.
After the tour, what does the rest of 2020 hold for you?
Seann Walsh will be at The Red House Theatre in 2021. For more details, simply click on the link.