The Real Daniel O'Donnell Show

This article is from 2008.

The Real Daniel O'Donnell Show

Sketch stuff which will cheerily upset fans of the crooning Irish icon

The festival is, as always, packed full of worthy messages with comedy addressing everything from politics to love via environmental disasters. When asked about his Fringe sketch show, comedian Michael Legge replies gleefully ‘oh, it’s childishly pointless.’ In more expanded terms it’s ‘definitely a cross between the Twilight Zone, Tales of the Unexpected and a big fight.’

Created by a collective of marvellously inventive comics you may have seen in The Congress of Oddities and The Trap, this is an hour dedicated to cheery nonsense. Although their reputation has been based on truly chaotic shows, The Clock Hour aims to be a tad more polished.

Their ‘really stupid’ show takes its name from the scary, smiley Christian celebrity, a woolly icon previously sent up by Legge in his fiendishly evil character named, unsurprisingly, The Real Daniel O’Donnell. The title of the show has already attracted criticism from fans of the God-botherer, with one of his stalkers ironically complaining that Legge and co ‘don’t know what he’s really like.’ It may have offended some crazies already but, Legge points out (after dubiously linking his character to the Real IRA), that just makes it ‘childishly political.’ Amen to that.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 2–25 Aug (not 13), 11pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8). Previews until 1 Aug, £5.

The Real Daniel O'Donnell Show

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Sketch stuff which will cheerily upset fans of the crooning Irish icon. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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