David O’Doherty: David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything
Still stimulating, wry and utterly loveable, O’Doherty examines a world demystified
This article is from 2013.
David O’Doherty is one of those comedians that now sits deep within the heart of Fringe audiences. Since 2000 he’s charmed and secured a loyal fan-base with the “low-level musical whimsy” that won him critical adoration. The danger, of course, is lethargy and complacency, now at a point where he could walk on stage and do nothing but play an F# and the crowd would be rolling around in hysterics.
Fortunately, he manages to stay fresh in this year’s more mature and thoughtful show: a fond, playful but tonally downbeat utterance on adulthood’s loss of magic. The image of Lance Armstrong as a hero of road cycling is eulogised by O’Doherty, his voice imbued with woe at the loss of his perfect role model - along with other grown-up disillusionment.
The revelations we suffer as adults, a world demystified, are weaved into subjects including (quite typically) social media and ill-founded nostalgia. While stimulating, wry and utterly loveable, O’Doherty is still keen to use the safety blanket and there’s an exciting sense that with time he’ll become a far more astute and invaluable commentator.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 7.20pm, £14–£15 (£12–£13)