Comedy Review: Michael Winslow at Whelan’s 03-02-13

Michael Winslow DublinA comedy review is not something you will see often on this blog, however given the chance to see and review Police Academy’s Michael Winslow, the opportunity could hardly be passed.

What made Winslow’s show so unavoidable to this writer, accustomed to music, was his incorporation of many classic rock artists into his clamorous comedy show. If you are unfamiliar with the comedian’s live show there is one thing you need to know; not only does he make noises he has a genuine , thirsty passion for them.

His unique talent was lapped up by an awestruck audience as he explained the fun he could have on a Ryanair flight, annoying the flight attendants with his noise making. His talent is truly boundless; the man of 10,000 noises isn’t restricted to noises that fill our daily lives and he proceeded to impress throughout the short set. Whether it was reenacting an entire scene from Star Wars to absolute perfection or showing us what it would be like if Snoop Dogg (pardon me, Snoop Lion now, is it?) teamed up with Disney, he had the entire crowd in convulsions of laughter.

While all of his noisy reenactments were highly entertaining, his ability to be a guitar was simply confounding. We got bursts of this throughout with the comedian ‘flicking through the radio stations’ and finishing with Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock but what stole the show was his rendition of Whole Lotta Love  by Led Zeppelin. Complete with blonde wig. It was difficult to believe that the noise he was making was coming from him and not a guitarist hidden somewhere in the back. And as for the vocals? Well, the budget must have stretched exceedingly for that one piece because you could be almost certain that Robert Plant was behind the stage curtain.

If you haven’t seen Michael Winslow before it should go on your bucket list because his performance at Whelan’s was boundless, clean-cut and genuinely astounding. One of the most enjoyable shows you will ever attend but it leaves a question in your mind: How on earth did he even discover this talent?

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Comedy Preview: Michael Winslow at Whelan’s February 3rd

Michael Winslow Dublin showAny fans of The Police Academy will remember Michael Winslow, ‘The Man of 10,000 noises’, as the joyful sound effect man who, in retrospect, made the films what they were. One of the very first franchises to be destroyed by an overkill of sequels, Winslow’s uncanny impression of an air raid siren was always welcome. He is coming to Dublin this weekend as he takes his unique talent to Whelan’s in Dublin.
This comedy gig comes highly recommended as a way to spend your Sunday evening in a way you are not likely to have spent it before- watching a man pretend to be a car alarm. If that idea doesn’t convince you, perhaps consider his phenomenal performance of Whole Lotta Love? It puts any band to shame. Why buy an instrument when you can imitate them?

This man has an incredible and embraceable talent which never fails to put a smile on an Audience’s face. If you want to laugh away your January Blues on the first week of February, you will not want to miss this.

where:Whelan’s, Wexford St.
When: 3rd of February, Doors 8pm.
Price:€21.50