"An absolute triumph, rampant absurdism, bizarre scholasticism, a genius performance, fascinating and completely original.
Shades of James Joyce and William Burroughs. Astonishing dancing!" (which he liked so much he is going to help with some additional choreography - Neil)
"Brilliant. Strong characters. I loved the Frenchman. The moments of madness were fantastic."
"The best bits were the true bits. I loved the re-enactment of the meeting with another Mullarkey. The dancing stuff was great."
Robert Bathurst ("Cold Feet")
Well done on Thursday. Assured, funny and skilful
I'm writing to congratulate you on your outstanding show. It combined a
mixture of hilarious characters with its most unusual, yet truly comic,
storyline. It is remarkable that the 'Mullarkey' surname could spawn so
I thoroughly enjoyed the performance, both in light of the subject matter,
Amanda Fitzalan Howard
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so clever and witty as well as being properly funny in a laughing out loud way and I now feel as qualified as the next man to talk with authority and at length about Mullarkeys in all their glory. As long as the next man is you, of course.
Both I and my very-hard-to-entertain partner Mike enjoyed it very much. I was interested to note we were probably the oldest people there - but that we laughed as much as anyone very many thanks for the most entertaining Saturday night out for a long time!
We thoroughly enjoyed every minute - sang 'We are Mullarkey' all the way home. Resounding success, hurrah for you!
Just dropping you a line to say I enjoyed the show immensely on Thursday - fantastic evening.
Your show on Friday was wonderful. It is really one of the best things you've done and improved each time I have seen it.
Thank you for an excellent show on Friday evening. It was a real tour de force. You were on top form. The show seems even better somehow.
It was easy to be a good laugher with such splendid provocation. I love the Conte Guillaume and various other idiosyncratic hilarities including haddock and its placement on a scale of 0 to trout. I loved the ease with the audience and the intimacy: for me the show really took off when inventive comic energy bursts through that shared base.
Just wanted to email you to let you know how much I enjoyed the show. My face was sore afterwards and I haven't laughed so much in ages!
"Jim and Susan Malarky"
Hi from Dunfermline. We enjoyed the show.
Good material, great delivery. Keep up the good work.
"Angus Pollok McCall":
I enjoyed the show very much.
I caught your show at the Gilded Balloon (Paul Merton was in the audience and a rather nice chap called Dobie). Anyway, I just thought I'd let you know that I thought the show was brill and I'm really sorry that I'm not a Mullarkey myself.
Thank you for putting on what was the most entertaining show that we witnessed in our visit to the festival.
Also, thank you for returning my credit card after you had ascertained that my name was indeed Paul Dobie.
What does vg stand for in your internet address?
I really enjoyed the show, it was such fun and it made me laugh so much - just the job after three long Festival days!
Having tried, unsuccessfully, at the Gilded Balloon for a few minutes' conversation, I am taking the liberty of writing to congratulate you on your splendid show, which captivated me completely. (I was the chap yesterday who had heard of Pina Bausch!). If we take for granted the meticulous preparation and superb skill of presentation involved, two salient features appealed to me particularly. You do not underestimate the intelligence of your audience or its capacity to catch an allusion and, most refreshingly, all your material is absolutely clean and free of foul language.
I attended "All That Mullarkey" and "Whose In It Anyway?" [This was the improv show I guested in occasionally with my chums Stephen Frost, Andy Smart and Richard Vranch - NEIL]
and I must say, your performances were the highlight of my venue-hopping holiday. You have a foxy sense of humor.
"Cara Winters" (formerly Winterbottom - so my Grandad tells me!):
I was delighted to see your show at the festival this year - original, very amusing and a lot of it true! Keep up the good work.
"Dawn Ellis" (BBC Radio Producer):
I really enjoyed it - by far one of the best things I saw up there.
The best show I saw in Edinburgh.
"Thanks for the entertaining site and show. I'm the Mr Tee who was silly enough to sit in the front row for your show at the East Dulwich Tavern last night. I like shows about names, given the grief mine gave me as a kid. We (the nice woman who isn't Mrs Tee - yet - and I) saw you in Edinburgh this year and liked the show enough to think it was worth seeing again. We were right. We might even see it again. (but I'll seek mid-audience obscurity!). Thanks again
"Samantha Brocklebank" (from Canada)
I saw the show twice in Edinburgh. Thank you for such a great time. Even 3 months later we are still laughing. Only yesterday, I said to my friend, "De quelle couleur est ton veston?" and she insisted she was a mushroom. [IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE IS REFERRING TO - COME AND SEE THE SHOW ...NEIL] Is there any chance of the show being available on video? I would gladly pay heaps of money for the interpretive dance section alone.
We really enjoyed ourselves and it paid off seeing the show a second time as it had changed a lot since the try-outs earlier in the year. We thought the dialogue with the audience on surnames kicked it off really well and enjoyed the more surreal stuff too (but please, any particular hints on how to retell stuff like your ballet scene to the reading of the communist manifesto?). I'm glad I've caught up with you on this project - it not only has universal appeal (surnames etc) but I connect a little with it personally too! Good luck with it all.
I enjoyed your performance last night very much. You are indeed a very gifted person, a talented comedian.
Thanks for a great show. I enjoyed it, especially the sections consisting of the acronyms, the cricket dance choreography, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and Wittgenstein's philosophy...
I want to thank you. We loved the show. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday night. Lines from the show keep popping into my head and making me smile. It was a wonderful blend of physical and verbal humour and you absolutely must perform the show again next year. I particularly want to re-acquaint myself with Guillaume - a truly pleasing invention. I loved your interaction with the audience - so refreshingly good-natured. We all seemed like your chums by the end of the show. The older couple next to us kept laughing and holding hands, enjoying the experience together.
I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the show. Great fun, as always.
Kathy Brister and her friend Sarah
We both thought it was fantastic. Congratulations. How do you remember everything so well? You are a very very funny man. And the Comedy Store Players are truly excellent.
I thought it was very funny and have already recommended it.
Thanks for easily the most fun and easy-to-organise birthday party that I have ever had. Please put me on your mailing list.
I really enjoyed it. What an entertaining show.
Thank you for being a catalyst for a mini family reunion. We genuinely thought the show was very funny.
It was wonderful. Brilliant.
I really loved it. I could have watched you all night.
Clarissa and Paddy Zervudachi
It was great. We loved it. And, days later, we are still sing the "Neil Mullarkey Chorus".
"Amazing. Spontaneously charming and brilliant. Fantastic."
"The stuff of genius!"
(cousin of the John, Jim, Maggie and Angie Mullarkey)
"We all agreed what a great time we had and how good it was to meet you. I have to say I haven't laughed so much in a long time. We remarked how some of the things you said were so very Irish - probably something you hadn't realised. All the best for your show - you deserve success."
"The ways he demonstrated his name and its history was very clever but with a funny twist. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to my friends."
"An excellent idea for a one-man show. It took a lot of thought and research. He couldn't have done it without his brilliant characterisation skills and flair for stand-up comedy."
"It was excellent, f**king brilliant."
"I loved the show."
"It was the most electrifying stand-up comedy I have ever seen."