Christian O'Connell: This is 13
Thirteen turns out to this DJ’s lucky number
This article is from 2013.
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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