David O'Doherty (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

David O'Doherty

Last year’s if.comedy winner consolidates

One of David O’Doherty’s fellow Irish comics recently mused that it would be quite a sight to see the Dubliner shocking his fans by performing a full-on political show. This is clearly not the moment for such wild reinvention, for DO’D has a firm reputation to maintain as a quirky tune-meister with a delicious line in exposing the world’s obscure futilities. Beginning with a wry commentary on his churchy surroundings, he launches into a number which pleads for us to lower our expectations about the forthcoming gig (an honourable sentiment but one that surely is false now that he has achieved such Fringe cult status).

O’Doherty has always been one to mix up his particular concerns, particularly in regards to technology. While he is generally a fan of the internet and social networking sites, he has little truck with Twitter, Guitar Hero or sat nav. Obsessions with the animal kingdom remain a constant (swans, ducks, labradors and pandas are all namechecked) while much of his show centres on the first woman he ever saw naked. Not groundbreaking stuff by any means, but a warm and satisfying night in the hands of an expert communicator.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 10.30pm, £10–£12 (£8.50–£10.50).

David O'Doherty: David O'Doh-party

  • 4 stars

Winner 2008 if.comedy (formerly Perrier) Award. Man plays cheap plastic keyboards purchased on eBay while audience sit in near total darkness! Show includes at least 3 on-stage lighting changes! And excellent pre-show music!

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