It was a brilliant night.
There’s a review of it here: New Act of the Year Final 2013 – The Stage
Blasting into the third place spot was energised stand-up Darren Walsh; a tall guy with a big talent for short jokes. Following in the footsteps of quick-fire comics like Tim Vine, Walsh has an obvious love for puns, and is seriously skilled with physical comedy.
If his opener about asking a shop assistant to wrap something, prompting them to burst into rap, lacked originality in the writing, his sharp, full-bodied delivery sold it to the crowd. Then it was onto a mix of word play and sight gags, with lines like “My cat’s recovering from a massive stroke,” and a joke involving whole crowd participation with the line “I just alienated the whole audience” drawing a wave of laughter.
His ‘Bruce Forsyth clones’ routine proved he’s someone who cares about getting the timing spot-on, but in the end the comedy pay-off didn’t quite match the technical achievement. In general, it wouldn’t hurt for him to push his own personality forward a touch more, but Walsh showed considerable promise regardless.