David O'Doherty (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

David O'Doherty

Well-executed show on dark times wears thin

Fringe favourite David O'Doherty returns to Edinburgh with his new show show 'Seize the David O'Doherty'. The Irishman, whose appearances on Never Mind The Buzzcocks catapulted him in to the public eye, fuses a dry and subtle wit, self-depreciating humour and a randomist style. Accompanied on-stage by his keyboard, O'Doherty regales the audience with tales of life, love and Cosmopolitan magazine.

The writing of 'Seize the David O'Doherty' began during a difficult spell in the comic's life; his partner had left him, he was surviving off Domino's pizza and his daily routine was built upon a dark room and the Nintendo Wii.

O'Doherty's show is undoubtably well-written, giving the audience a glimpse into the quirky life and mind of an established comedian. The deliberately awkward and stylistically poor nature of his music quickly wears thin though and despite alternating subject matter the outcome is largely the same. While the bearded comic's show is a well executed catalogue of humorous anecdotes, there is a deficiency of top-grade content throughout.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, Until 27 Aug, 7.20pm, £13-£15

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