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Venue:The City Café, 19 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 220 0125
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Las Vegas
AUG 3-26 at 18:45 (60 min)
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Come witness the resurrection of "The best comedian you haven't heard of yet" (Time Out) **** "One brilliant punchline after another... a comedian who is in complete control" (The List) **** "At once hilarious and painfully revelatory" (Chortle) **** "blindsides you out of nowhere" (Shortcom) "A terrifically intense, eloquent hour of comedy" (The Independent) ***** (Threeweeks) **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine) **** (Broadway Baby). As seen on Russell Howard's Stand-Up Central and Comedy Central Live At The Comedy Store. Support act for Ricky Gervais

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August 26, 2017  The Scotsman
Performing his fifth show at the Fringe in five years, Sean McLoughlin worries that he’s got nothing new to say, even if he takes comfort in this being the first he’s written without him being in the full grip of a crisis.

That’s not entirely true though, as he’s still afflicted by his mediocrity. Having failed to break out with a fine show at the Pleasance last year, he’s only just getting by in comedy and has retreated to the Free Festival, aware that some of his stand-up peers are drowning in their millions while others are taking desperate bookings anywhere. Although he refuses to compromise professionally, offended by a publicist’s notion that he ought to invent a more interesting backstory, he’s happy to be a liar in his personal life, arguing that it’s life’s little fictions that smooth the pursuit of romance. With a particularly intense blend of arrogance and vulnerability, he reveals how his itinerant, unpredictable comedian’s lifestyle means that the dating chit-chat of most girls leaves him bored, his belated enthusiasm for sowing his wild oats and discovering pornography manifesting itself in all sorts of issues. Chief amongst these is his body dysmorphia, which he persistently harks back to, even when advocating a more ethical form of porn, establishing an amusing refrain about his problems with his penis. Although his closing momentum is checked as he struggles to fix his venue’s backdrop, which suddenly collapses, he mischievously affects to be a high-minded progressive, even if his gurning, confessional disclosures have suggested otherwise. An accomplished joke writer, ever-ready to share his neuroses, McLoughlin’s problem is that his loser persona fits a little too snugly and might just condemn him to be a cult act for all eternity, whatever his fantasies about posterity. Click Here

August 24, 2017  Fringe Explosion
Fantastic character comedian with great routines and whatnot. Click Here

August 14, 2017  Fringe Monkey
No particular theme but this accessible short set is solid. Delivery is rapid & timing is excellent. Free so risk it. Click Here

August 13, 2017  Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Sean McLoughlin is back at the festival with his fifth new hour of stand up, and it’s definitely worth catching him while you’re still lucky enough to see him on the Free Fringe.

This show talks about McLoughlin’s experience of being in love with his girlfriend, although he’s not told her yet, and his struggle with sexual inadequacy. He hates his penis and boy, does he want you to know about it; although slightly heavy handed on the self-loathing comments, you’re still able to laugh at the gags without guilt. He has a lot of opinions on porn and even Trump and these make for brilliant listening.

He frantically jerks about the stage as he works his way through his set, and is able to work the audience like a charm, delivering material with a captivating quality that makes you lean in to listen. His observations and little quirks have the audience roaring, if only he could draw breath long enough to enjoy the praise. McLoughlin goes on frequent tangents which make for the highlights of the set, tackling topics from porridge to Canadians and anything else in between – they’re the jewels in his crown that make him a true professional.

You Can’t Ignore Me Forever has everything you need from an hour of comedy: big laughs, both at McLoughlin’s own expense and occasionally at the audience’s, as well as the expert delivery required to keep the crowd on side. McLoughlin is a seasoned comic, capable of playing to a small room as if it were a stadium – with a little more confidence he’d be unstoppable. Click Here

August 11, 2017  The Skinny
There’s a slightly rabid quality to Sean McLoughlin – his ever-shifting grip upon the mic, a wild set to his eyes, a sense that amid his rapid-fire quips he might start frothing at the mouth and still not stop for breath. Underneath it all, he’s probably a puppy. He certainly has both bark and bite in a set that drags his every insecurity out into the light for a good laugh. It’s a vicious, aggressive, delightful picking apart of himself, his exes, and the occasional audience member.

It’s McLoughlin’s fifth hour of fresh material for the Fringe, and there’s barely a duff moment in it. The pacing is quick, aside from a section on his penis that’s brought up (or, rather, not) again and again. He deftly balances sleaze with shame for a set that’s grubby, but never off-putting. McLoughlin runs through relationships, sex, porn, and even a fresh take on Trump. If he claims to avoid national pride but relies on national stereotypes for a short bit, it’s easily forgiven – there are plenty more great jokes to come. His closing gag is a masterclass in callbacks, and puts the lie to his show’s title, You Can’t Ignore Me Forever. Sean, we were listening from the beginning. And we loved it. Click Here

August 10, 2017  The List
Feisty if often distracted set from a man who loves a tangent

From the off, Sean McLoughlin promises the crowd he won't address them directly but within moments the tortuous drinking habits of a young punter have him going off at a delightful tangent. It's a shame he doesn't indulge the audience much beyond that because he has a nice line in skittish banter.

McLoughlin laments that his fifth show in as many years is his first born outwith crisis, although that's not to say he's in any way happy with his lot in life. He's certainly not coasting by on braggadocio. Taking self-deprecation to a new low, he paints a rather pathetic portrait of sexual inadequacy, career stagnation and underachievement in general.

Most of McLoughlin's funniest material deals with sex, with a routine on jealousy generating some of his biggest laughs. He has an annoying habit of breaking off mid-set, concerned by what he deems to be a muted response to the material ('it's a Tuesday night!' he exclaims, confusingly, as a call to arms), and also has a distracting habit of chuckling under his breath at his own jokes. But that's part and parcel of this excitable and feisty performer. Click Here

August 9, 2017  ShortCom
I called Sean McLoughlin’s last show, Kamikaze, “like watching him explode on-stage.” You Can’t Ignore Me Forever isn’t an explosion. It’s actually kind of nice. More of a gentle fire than a conflagration, although it does occasionally spit at the anyone daft enough to get too close.

Self-aware as ever, McLoughlin puts this down to writing a set without a major crisis in his life, and it definitely shows. In Kamikaze, McLoughlin could barely keep up with himself, all anxiety, anger and acid. 2017’s Sean McLoughin is calmer, if not exactly calm, but no less funny for it, whatever he might say to the contrary.

You Can’t Ignore Me Forever is still concerned with neuroses, body issues and panic, but intensity is replaced with something dangerously like introspection. While noticeably less acerbic than before, he doesn’t shy away from a darker joke or brutally honest observation, and he’s still more than happy to share his deepest fears if it’ll get a laugh out of you.

McLoughlin retains his mastery over the unexpected, always taking a gag the last place you’d think. Also reoccurring are his trademark reoccurring jokes, with McLoughlin once again getting incredible mileage out of seemingly every throwaway thought racing through his mind.

You Can’t Ignore Me Forever is a far mellower experience than its predecessor, but just as good at drawing laughs out of the deep well of anxiety that all of us have to stare down from time to time. McLoughlin remains one of the most unique observational comics you can see at the Fringe, and this year’s show is a testament to that, so don’t ignore him this time round. Click Here

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