Phil Walker radiates an infectious, cheeky energy. A slightly rowdy pub crowd is not an easy audience at the best of times, but Phil gives better than he gets, and all with an affable grin somewhere between the winking countenance of Al Murray and the chirpy expression of Jason Manford. He’s as comfortable with stand-up as he is with audience interaction, employing Usain-quick wit, and he keeps running jokes alive with perfect timing. The material veers often into overworked territory, but he always manages a new and inventive spin, if occasionally missing the mark with his more inappropriate jokes. Phil Walker is definitely ready to give more experienced comedians a run for their money, as long as he keeps that boyish charm.
Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 2-26 Aug (not 6, 13), 8.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jessamine McHugh]