Hello Pilgrim. I’m Sean McLoughlin, and I am a 29 year-old comedian.
I spent many years in the gutter of showbiz, but in the last couple years I have performed at Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny, The Vodafone Comedy Festival in Dublin, The Rotterdam International Comedy Festival and several shows in Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Switzerland and Belgium. I’ve also supported the likes of Ricky Gervais, Katherine Ryan and Doc Brown on tour, and made appearances on Russell Howard’s Stand-Up Central and Comedy Central’s Live At The Comedy Store.
I’ve played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for many years, and performed my debut hour-long show ‘Backbone’ there in 2013 and the follow-up ‘I Will Prevail’ in 2014. 2015’s show was called ‘Whatever It Takes’ which had another full run in Edinburgh and then toured around the country including a stint at the Soho Theatre in London. Recordings of the last two can be found on the ‘recordings’ page of this site.
My latest show ‘Kamikaze’ is hitting the road in 2017 having had an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Tour dates on the homepage if you’re that way inclined.
There’s been more stuff but I can’t remember it all now, so here’s some of the press I’ve accumulated over the last few years:
Edinburgh Fringe 2016 – Kamikaze
✭✭✭✭ “One brilliant punchline after another” The List
✭✭✭✭ “a smart and bold comic, offering a brutally realistic, downbeat take on the world and his own place in it, conveyed with spirit and a dark-edged wit ” Chortle
✭✭✭✭ “Intense, loud and even a little inspiring…blindsides you out of nowhere” Shortcom
✭✭✭✭ “Honest, insightful, intelligent, inappropriate and thoroughly funny all at the same time” Broadway Baby
Edinburgh Fringe 2015 – Whatever It Takes:
✭✭✭✭ “Never less than compelling” The List
✭✭✭✭ “He has the sort of brutal honesty that’s rightly admired in comics such as Louis CK, expressed with emotional eloquence and a gallows wit.” Chortle
✭✭✭✭ “A sheer maelstrom of emotion with jokes bombarded into the audience” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“A terrifically intense and eloquent hour of comedy” The Independent
Named one of Time Out’s 47 shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Edinburgh Fringe 2014 – I Will Prevail:
✭✭✭✭ “At one hilarious and painfully revelatory” Chortle
✭✭✭✭ “It’s a tour-de-force of a performance. One-line gag merchants would struggle to match his laugh count.” Gigglebeats
“What a genuinely fresh and powerful voice…it is wonderful” The Scotsman
“On the cusp of far greater recognition on the back of a strong comic voice very competently delivered.” The List
Nominated by fellow comedians for the UK Barry Award for ‘Best Performer’
Edinburgh Fringe 2013 – Backbone:
‘Top 5 Free Comedy Shows of 2013 Fringe’ The List
“This guy is an exciting talent. I have no idea why someone hasn’t grabbed him for TV. As comedians with stupid hair go he is one of the best.” The Scotsman
“Sean McLoughlin is beautifully cynical… and he is not far off being utterly brilliant” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“He delivers biting lines with real verve…an interesting and skilful stand-up, with some routines of brilliance” Chortle.co.uk
“✭✭✭✭✭ The material is raw and different has the fairly packed audience laughing the entire hour, as his wit and personality dominates” ThreeWeeks
“The stand-out stand-up” Evening Standard