A Well Rehearsed, Amusing Routine
Mixing captivating stories with his own personal familial drama, Sebastian Maniscalco takes to the stage once again to deliver an hour of amusing anecdotes and physical comedy. It’s a good set too, with spin classes, pregnancy and midnight gas station murders all discussed at length whilst weaving them into a coherent, well told narrative sprinkled with home truths.
The special opens with a glitzy entrance and the usual round of applause you’d expect from a star like this. Sebastian then begins his set and from here, we’re greeted to a whole host of different stories and funny observations from his day-to-day life. We begin with a look at bringing animals on airplanes before a particularly well rehearsed segment on gym equipment and “that guy” at the gym. After this, Sebastian goes on to talk about spin classes, relationships, family heritage and his baby daughter. Although the show itself ends a little abruptly and on a bit of an anticlimax, for the most part there’s some good material here.
Personally, the segment involving Sebastian’s daughter resonated the most with me, although as a Brit our healthcare system is a little different to that seen in the States. Despite this, I still felt like I could resonate with the material, especially some of the jokes around baby equipment and the charade of people who show up hours after the birth. Of course, if you haven’t been a fan of the physical comedy, silly faces and various accents Sebastian conjures during his routines, it’s unlikely you’ll take to his latest stand up comedy either.
Having said that, Sebastian Maniscalco’s Stay Hungry is an enjoyable, well rehearsed comedy special. There’s a perfect gap between jokes to really savour the material and the various accents and mannerisms he portrays aren’t too over the top or overbearing either. While I still think Lee Evans is the perfect illustration of this style of comedy, Sebastian Maniscalco is a funny comedian nonetheless and in the dog-eat-dog world of comedy, that’s all that really matters.
Verdict - 7.5/10