Dan Tiernan: Going Under

Watching Dan Tiernan’s Going Under taught me the distinct difference when reviewing comedy between using language like ‘laugh out loud’ or ‘hysterical’ and laughing so much that it hurts, because there was a point in this show where I genuinely went ‘ow’ because of how much my ribs hurt from laughing.

I genuinely went ‘ow’ because of how much my ribs hurt from laughing

This show is all encompassing, as Tiernan moves deftly between subjects mixing self-deprecation with very astute observations which range between commentary on Jehova’s Witnesses or having an owl tattooed on your back.

It’s insane to think of this show as his debut, because his aptitude for comedy seems very seasoned as if he’s been coming to the Fringe for years, both in the jokes that he makes and his easy repartee with members of the audience. Tiernan shows such skill in navigating between his jokes, audience interactions and improvised remarks, and part of it is that he knows how to control the room, stopping hecklers right in their tracks. He is a genuinely funny person for whom comedy comes naturally, as is clear from the response that he is able to evoke. Tiernan’s delivery is very charming and friendly, and part of it comes from how he put us at ease right from the start. The jokes are very clear, and the laughter that comes out of us is almost involuntary.

Going Under is a very clever show that finds the light-heartedness in the dark. Dan Tiernan is going to be the newcomer to watch this year.

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The Blurb

He's 27, gay and riddled with dyspraxia. Dan's had a big year, quitting his job as a dinner lady, going full-time in comedy and finally leaving home, yet somehow he still feels he's completely going under. The reigning BBC New Comedy Awards winner and British Comedian of the Year presents his gag-heavy, high-energy debut hour. Tour support for Micky Flanagan and Jamali Maddix. As seen on BBC, Channel 4, Comedy Central, Dave and ITV2. 'Raucously entertaining' (Guardian). 'A force-of-nature who sweeps the room up in his exhilarating performance into a frenzy of laughter' (Chortle.co.uk).

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