Irish stand-up comedian Andrew Maxwell, who is now a resident in London, was back in Ireland for few days last weekend. He had a gig at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on Saturday June 20. The auditorium was half full but the atmosphere was brilliant. Maxwell’s aunt and his cousin were also in the audience.
Maxwell has been in the comedy business for 20 years already and he is extremely funny. His improvisation and communication with the audience is top class. He continually asks questions and includes people in the show. I went to the gig and then suddenly I was part of it. Andrew asked; “Who is not from Ireland?” From that question on, every now and then he approached me and asked my opinion. Eventually I was the “saucy woman in the corner“.
Some comedians make only few really good jokes during the gig. Maxwell is not like that. He kept the people entertained the whole time. I was laughing out loud most of the time, or still giggling from the last joke. His material is realistic and from every day life. Different subjects were mentioned. Jokes were about family life, politicians or even about “perfect”, but “boring Norway”.
Andrew was delighted to have a gig in Ireland and see some old familiar faces. I was in his gig for the first time but I would go again anytime. He is definitely one of my favourite stand-up comedians now. Five star experience!
- Santa Selena Kuuse