Al Donegan is a terrible human being who should be alone forever. How do we know this? From the rather damning voice message that plays at the beginning of this show.
The Five Worst Things I Ever Did is a candid, confessional hour of sordid tales and cringe-worthy misadventures that will thoroughly entertain and sometimes disgust but definitely make you laugh.
The Five Worst Things I Ever Did came to be as a result from Donegan reviewing his life for six months following that voice message. Despite the bleak start, this show is actually anything but. Using a mix of animated storytelling, PowerPoint visual aids and sheer uninhibited honesty, he proceeds to countdown the five worst things he has done so far in his life.
Over the course of the hour, we get to know Donegan very well. He is a classically trained actor (he has the showreel to prove it), he has a gambling addiction and, by his own admission, he lives a very immature existence. These traits along with a combination of poor timing, bad luck and probably just being himself have seen Donegan in some very unfortunate mishaps, including one particularly unlucky - but hilarious - occasion involving the quiz show Million Pound Drop.
While the curiosity and anticipation of wondering what is next on the list has you hooked, it is his amiable and likeable manner that keeps you engaged. Donegan holds our attention with great ease and even when some of his antics had me reacting in disdain, he still manages to keep me on side and even, at times, garner some sympathy.
The Five Worst Things I Ever Did is a candid, confessional hour of sordid tales and cringe-worthy misadventures that will thoroughly entertain and sometimes disgust but definitely make you laugh. If you feel you have done some awful things in your life, after this show you might just change your mind.