Christian O'Connell: This is 13 (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Christian O'Connell: This is 13

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Thirteen turns out to this DJ’s lucky number

Debuts are always uncharted waters, so you’d be forgiven for approaching radio DJ Christian O'Connell’s show with trepidation. The format of This is 13 suggests a Dave Gorman-style romp through a self-imposed deadline, but the result frequently but happily wandered off at a tangent without compromising the hour’s flow. The Absolute Radio breakfast darling manages to be funny, endearing, slightly rude and entertaining: certainly not a multiple-watch-checking Fringe mistake.

Highlights included a fast-paced 'things to do by the time I'm 40' segment featuring a fight with Darth Vader. An over-enthusiastic audience and the genuine spirit of Fringe entertainment carries this story through to its conclusion: an epic-yet-short movie outlining his successes and failures at completing his list.

Moments of genius, interspersed with unplanned psychic ability and equipment malfunction (if it wasn't planned, it should be) were handled with aplomb. Fans and walk-ins alike will be interested to see how he develops over the month. Christian O’Connell’s show is middle-of-the-road humour, perhaps, but with great potential for a follow-up.

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Christian O'Connell: This Is 13

  • 3 stars

Bound and Gagged Comedy. Eight-time Sony Award winning DJ's debut stand-up show. A race against time to complete a list of dreams made when Christian was 13. With his deadline months away, he reveals the ticks and the crosses, and tells stories of his attempts to finish the list. He fights the dark lord, challenges a…