Dublin comic finds his theme with a personal story free of sentiment
This article is from 2008.
At last year’s Fringe, Johnny Candon was dancing around in a bear costume for Tony Law’s Revenge of the Dog of Time, but for many years the Dublin-born stand-up has been successfully gigging all over the world. Candon has been a background name in the industry for most of his career, due to a down-to-earth manner that is characteristic of the man and his stand-up, but this year Candon is shining the spotlight on himself for his first hour-long show, One Careless Lady Owner. Featuring some neatly crafted observations, the show delves into his personal background. ‘Generally, it’s kind of about being adopted,’ he explains sheepishly. ‘Everyone kept telling me that I needed a theme.’
Candon seems reassuringly inept at dramatic pretension and when asked if we should expect any tear-jerking revelations on this emotional issue, he jokes ‘well, maybe I could look up my real parents, and bring them out on stage every night at the end.’ Backed by his natural talent and friendly stage presence, Candon negates the need for gimmicks or bare-all comedy. ‘It’s like when someone suggested the poster should be me in a nappy. I just thought “nobody needs to see that!”.’
The Stand II, 558 7272, 2–24 Aug (not 11), 12.15pm, £7 (£6). Preview 1 Aug, £6 (£5).