Danny McLoughlin: The Truth, the Half-Truth and Nothing Like the Truth
Lies, damned lies and comedy
This article is from 2012.
At the top of the show Danny McLoughlin promises two things. The first is that the purpose of his show is to examine the role of 'enhancing' the truth for comedic effect. The second is an admission that not all of what he says during the next hour will be true. What follows is a vaguely connected series of potentially apocryphal tales, anecdotes and scenarios -- of his childhood, romantic liaisons, a brief visit to anger management -- with an assured delivery and a pleasantly boisterous demeanour. On the whole they are gently amusing but do not quite scale the heights of hilarity.
The audience's willing suspension of disbelief when a comic claims as true an episode that happened 'earlier that day' (though it clearly happened years ago) or something that would require the laws of space and time to be renegotiated (though the comedian has no magical powers) is an interesting comedic conceit. It can be utilised and manipulated to great effect but McLoughlin cruelly refuses to make good on his first promise and ends up ironically fulfilling the second.
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