“Over There: Comedy Is His Best Weapon” illustrates the hardship and hilarity of PJ Walsh’s journey – from a screw up kid convinced there’s no chance of war who enlists in 1990, ships out to the Persian Gulf, and end’s up working in the White House. It’s his career in stand-up comedy, though, that leads him to face his mortality in the belly of a C-130 plane flying over Afghanistan. The show is punctuated by PJ’s insightful humor about life as a civilian and a serviceman. PJ unfolds scene after scene in a theatrical experience that oscillates between moments of heartbreak, honesty and hilarity.
BOTTOMLINE: Hilarious show by a current stand-up comedian and former member of the U.S. Navy that goes much deeper than you’d expect… Walsh plays all of these characters from his life with such skill that they really pop off the stage… I highly recommend this show. It’ll make you laugh, think, and leave with a glimpse to a side of stand-up you might not expect to see.
*Ben Charles, Theater is Easy (theasy.com), August 15, 2010
Thankfully, I got to see this fantastic, heartfelt, hilarious one-freckled-man show… Instead of just a guffaw, OVERTHERE offers a thought-provoking, side-splitting journey through PJ Walsh’s not so ordinary life… just when you’re thinking you can laugh no more, he hits you in the stomach with raw emotion and you realize his comic agenda is not just about him but to help and support others as well. I’ve already told my friends to go see this show and now I’m telling you.
*Maura Kelley, nytheatre.com, August 13, 2010
The one-hour comedy show is a fusion of Walsh’s quick wit and insightful observations about life as a soldier and civilian… The poignant narrative intertwines the solemnity of war with the humor of Walsh’s inner thoughts. “Over There — Comedy Is His Best Weapon” demonstrates Walsh’s keen eye to see comedy in the ebb and flow of every day events while tackling larger issues such as war and growing up.
*Brian Willett, bloginity.com, August 8, 2010
In “Over There: Comedy Is His Best Weapon,” the Queens-based writer and standup comic relates his personal journey through three wars — as an enlistee and as part of Comics on Duty — and through being President Clinton’s dental technician. “He could floss more and use a fluoride rinse,” says Walsh, “like most people.
*Joe Dziemianowicz, The Daily News, August 7, 2010
If you’re looking for laughs in the humble form of true talent and motivation, then check out PJ Walsh at the NYC Fringe Festival. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll leave ready to conquer the world, or at least a small part of it.
*Sheena Vega, Independent Media Magazine, August 4, 2010