FRINGE REVIEW – David O’Doherty


As 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner David O’Doherty takes to the stage at this year’s Fringe, the applause is loud and spattered with excited catcalls. Fringe regular O’Doherty is back with a new show, ready to entertain with his effortlessly cool, endearing manner.

With the audience in the palm of his hand immediately, he begins with an observation on social networking, providing some of the funniest, insightful comedy I have witnessed this Fringe. His style is laid back and as he sashays from one side of the stage to the other with the confidence of a consummate professional you know there are gags a plenty coming your way. At one point he lay stretched out on the stage with the confidence of a comedian truly comfortable under the stage lights.

His references to the current economic climate in Ireland are heartfelt yet delivered in a seemingly disassociated manner. O’Doherty has mastered the art of allowing you to laugh at him and commiserate with him at the same time.

His routine is splattered with songs on subjects that do not require a soundtrack, yet his narration against music is ferociously endearing and highly entertaining.

Playing to a large audience, David O’Doherty has produced another winning formula, easily maintaining his position as an Edinburgh Fringe favourite.

David O’Doherty is on at The Pleasance every day until 26th August (not 12th) at 1920hrs (1 hour).

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