Damian Clark in G'Damo!
Boundlessly enthusiastic Autralian comedian can't help being likeable
This article is from 2013.
On paper it doesn't look like stand-up Damian Clark talks about much. This hour features birds and how annoying they are, cats and how inscrutable they are, buses and how uncivilised they are and the difficulties of finding affordable, desirable flats to rent in London. There are also potshots at his girlfriend and a foray into interpretive dance. (Seriously, does interpretive dance exist anywhere outside of comedy routines any more?)
Some of these episodes work better than others. While the seagull material is so-so, there are enough nice little jokes to keep the laughter from completely tailing off. Clark's boundless enthusiasm does a lot of the work, keeping the momentum up and making the hour seem funnier that it actually is.
When he finally hits the home stretch and, instead of making familiar complaints about cats, launches into a story about how he finally came to appreciate his moggie, things pick up. There's much to like about Clark as a performer but some better material is required.
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