Carl Donnelly: Bad Man Tings
A show without a theme but crammed with jokes
This article is from 2016.
Carl Donnelly has reached the grand old age of 34. According to 'scientists', this is considered to be the happiest year of your life. It instils such joy, Donnelly explains, because it's the point at which you realise your greatest hopes and dreams will never be fulfilled and you learn to be tepidly content with what little you have.
With two comedy award nominations under his belt and consistent critical acclaim, Donnelly certainly should be pleased with his lot. From the top of Bad Man Tings, he admits the past 12 months have been an infertile period for great anecdotes, resulting in a show with no theme. But he certainly has lots to talk about.
Whether he's discussing his veganism, his new yoga hobby or Kanye West on Twitter, Donnelly has an unerring gift for mining consistent belly laughs. His genuinely cheerful demeanour is infectious and he's so at ease with his crowd that the stage feels like his second home. And few other comedians could so effortlessly indulge in a protracted sequence on anal sex while still keeping every audience member firmly in the palm of their hand.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug (not 17), 8.30pm, £8.50–£10 (£7–£9).