Ben Elton - The Musical
The Black Sheep
Breakfast Bedlam, Live!
Cambridge Medics Revue
DJ Danny - Music Therapy
Dutch Elm Conservatoire in Prison
Ed Byrne - Standing Up and Falling Down
Gary Le Strange - Beef Scarecrow
Janey Godley & Ashley Storrie
Jim Henson's Puppet Improv - Adults Only
Michael Piper - Best Newcomer
My Brother and I Are Porn Stars
Penny Spubb's Prawn Free
Simon Munnery's AGM
This Is So Not About The Simpsons
We Are Klang
Andrew Maxwell is essentially a fine Irish storyteller and this is helped by the broadest and wildest of experiences. From night time desert excursions with unknown Arabs to talking his way out of an encounter with a South African back street gang, his World experience is awesome. The only drawback is that elements of the stories don't seem to have a punch-line or relevant humorous observation which make some fall flat. Maxwell is very likeable if at times a little too cocky and occasionally downright smug but every new story brings with it a deeper respect for his ability to tell a good yarn and walk away from the original experience. Even the less grand stories have a great degree of charm and Maxwell's charisma and cheeky persona carry them off effortlessly.
Maxwell has stumbled into a series of bizarre situations by his inquisitive and happy-go-lucky nature which mean his life experiences even in the past year over shadow what most people would experience in a life time. But I suppose to tell the story you must first walk the path (Jesus that was up it's own arse). Perhaps the only criticism is that he makes it look too easy whereas stand-up of this quality takes time, planning and dedication.
A trick in the tale.