David O'Doherty (4 stars)

This article is from 2008

David O'Doherty

Finding gold in the everyday dirt

By the end of his self-introduction, before he's even reached the stage, David O'Doherty has his audience braying like donkeys. The Dublin comic has done so many consistently enjoyable Fringe shows that getting laughs must be like shooting fish in a frying pan by now, but this year's act could be his best yet. Armed as usual with some cute plastic keyboards (he proudly puts the 'aha' in 'Yamaha'), O'Doherty's observational nose and comedic instincts have never been keener. Like a Klondike prospector, he can root in the dirt of the everyday and come up with shining lumps of truly hilarious truth.

In a set which has scarcely a ten-second gap between guffaws, highlights include a text chat put to music, a lesson in self-defence as applied to board games and an inspired list of modern-life quibbles. Gentle, silly and even a little moving in his gentle silly way, David O'Doherty is an outright gift.

The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, until 24 Aug, 9pm, £9.50 (£8.50).

David O'Doherty

  • 4 stars

The lo-fi musi-comical icon does more dabbling up on his keyboard with tunes of highly amusing glory. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.