‘Yoho Diablo’ jumps around from topic to topic as Sam Walker relentlessly mocks himself. This is a guy that is really trying to be better person, but things never go quite right.
The way he talks about his relationships with family, friends and angry girlfriend is comedy gold. He’s been forced to listen to his mum’s dating habits, therefore we are too, and he doesn’t skimp on the detail. Walker’s way of describing his friends is oddly reminiscent of Stockholm Syndrome but maybe this is why he lives alone. Saying that, Walker is an exceedingly confident performer who is proud of his work and when a rowdy crowd member began stealing his thunder, he impressively holds his composure. Sam uses this as fuel, and it makes for a wonderfully unscripted part of the show.
He ties it all up through one particular relationship, in which Walker is uncharacteristically and hilariously servile. It’s a neat set with rewarding call backs that seldom fail to get a big laugh. With a variety of subject matters, Walker seems to find humour everywhere he looks, and it’s his search for joy that makes him so relatable to the audience.
Walker innovatively incorporates a monitor into his set to add a visual dimension to the jokes he tells. These parts of the show, such as the deconstruction of his own reviews and his internet escapades are by far some of his best material and you simply cannot help but crave more.
Sam Walker is naturally likeable, undeniably funny and has an enjoyably smooth style. He holds a sentiment that I believe a lot of us share, that comedy needs more respect as an artform. And in this hour, Walker not only showcases his talent but exactly why stand up deserves more admiration.
Sam Taunton: Yoho Diablo
21:20 at Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17)
August 3 – 15, 17 – 28