PAUL ‘SILKY’ WHITE: THE SOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
The Stand Comedy Club – Stand Four
August 1-11th – 5:55pm
🌟🌟🌟🌟 Four Stars
If you had told me that I’d be spending an hour chortling along to a man “looking like a haunted toe” (his own description) playing songs on a guitar, I would have said…well, it’s the Fringe, I probably would have believed you, to be honest.
But that is indeed how I spent my evening yesterday – seeing the wonderful Paul ‘Silky’ White.
Silky openly admits at the beginning of his show that there is no narrative structure to his set, a claim that, coming out of any other comedian’s mouth, could be seen as alarming. He also lets us know that there is no way that anyone of his shows can ever be the same as another, mainly due to there being a different audience each day.
This is where Silky absolutely shines: audience interaction. He is a master of improvisation and reels off person specific gags as though reciting written material. His razor sharp wit with several, rather rowdy, audience members shows that he is indeed a seasoned professional. Not only that, he truly appreciates a paying audience by making them feel included in the show, without humiliation or embarrassment.
In terms of material, Silky weaves through funny stories from home as well as his professional life before moving on to his signature guitar songs with new classics such as “Cat in a Pram”, the all-new banger “Pubes”, as well as old hits such as “I Love You So Much” (all non-official titles, of course.)
Paul ‘Silky’ White is a man who clearly loves comedy, loves his audiences and loves making people smile. The hour absolutely flew by. His shows may not be the same due to a changing audience, but if Silky himself stays the same, he will consistently be one of the best.