Michael Downey: Blue Sometimes (2 stars)

This article is from 2014

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An honest and eye-opening account of mental illness that doesn't past muster as a comedy show

There are times when the star rating system becomes a burden and this is one of the most pointed examples of this. By giving it only two stars, we suggest a show has little merit; while this isn’t true in Downey’s case, you need to know what to expect.

The ‘blue’ in the title, he stresses, is not in reference to the level of filth but the rather benign euphemism for clinical depression. Over the course of the show he documents, from a highly personal level, the different feelings that depression can cause (isolation, frustration, lethargy) and tries to find humorous ways to express and explain them. The biggest issue here is that the quality of the humour just isn’t present; for this show to work as stand-up it really needs to excel in order to create a strong enough juxtaposition to the blackness of Downey’s reality.

Mental health has received greater focus recently with various advertising campaigns but it is still a taboo subject for many. Downey's is a searingly honest and eye-opening account of depression, and the final section on suicide is utterly heartbreaking. It's in this veracity it finds its value, but if you are looking for ‘comedy’ then it probably isn't what you're looking for.

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Michael Downey: Blue Sometimes

  • 2 stars

Bound & Gagged Comedy They say ‘write about what you know’, so Irish comedian Michael Downey decided to write about being blue, because he’s experienced all its shades. Michael knows the despair of making tea and discovering he has no milk, he knows the sadness of sitting an exam with nothing but blind optimism in…