Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Andrew Maxwell : A comedian with his finger on the pulse of local politics

Andrew Maxwell returned to Belfast last night after his superb performance at the recent Out to Lunch festival when he packed out the Black Box with an eager and appreciative crowd.

Some of his jokes are a little close to the line, some subjects taboo, but whose aren't these days?

Since first appearing on stage at a stand-up night run by Ardal O'Hanlon in 1992, he's shot to fame and carved out an impressive career for himself in television and the stage.

He tread the boards last night at the festival marquee to rapturous applause and immediately got thunderous laughs from a packed-out marquee.

It was clear that he has a certain amiable relationship with the Belfast audience.

Maxwell touched on the recent political scandals that have rocked Northern Irish politics — a subject he spent a lot of time on in his last gig.

It was a predictably outrageous and constantly hilarious performance and he did his bit to keep up with current affairs, speaking of his views on volcanoes and violent teaching methods.

Throughout the course of the evening Maxwell showed why he has become regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comedians in the UK and Ireland at the moment.

His return to Belfast was triumphant.

Jamie McDowell

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