David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything
  • By Tom King
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  • 12th Aug 2014
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  • ★★★★★

David O'Doherty is one of those rare stand-ups who is a familiar face without being plastered everywhere, who is successful without being packaged. He’s also one of those comedians who seems entirely at his ease and spontaneous while performing what is doubtless a carefully prepared routine. And as a member of his audience what that means is that an hour in his company feels like an hour with your funniest mate - an absolute pleasure.

David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything is a warm, funny hour of insightful stand-up comedy. Top quality, popular and deservedly so.

This quiet fame is just one of the topics that O'Doherty touches on in this show - themed around his pursuit of happiness. While he has one fantastic story that seems to confirm that he has arrived, he’s also flyered by a girl who has clearly heard of him but has no idea who he actually IS. So if it’s not in fame, where else could he find joy?

Shambling around like a blended-Black-Books of Dylan-Moran-like ranting, Bill-Bailey-like musical backing and Grieg-like neuroses, O'Doherty takes us through his attempts to find an answer to this question. Is it by getting a girlfriend? Nope. Is it through the acquisition of an infinity knife (pizza cutter…)? Is it simply through faster broadband? Or is it by getting back to his roots in Ireland? You’ll just have to see the show to find out.

As previously mentioned, O'Doherty’s omnipresent Casio keyboard is put to great use to punctuate his musings with a range of songs. These cover subjects like women’s poor taste in men, historical figures’ poor judgement in love and, my particular favourite, consumers’ poor attention span in not realising every sinister corporation uses the same jaunty music for its ad.

David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything is a warm, funny hour of insightful stand-up comedy. Top quality, popular and deservedly so.

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The Blurb

The forgotten Sugababe, the bad boy of Zumba, David O'Doherty presents a new hour of talking and songs. Take a ride into the Davidzone. One man. One small keyboard. With batteries. And a chair. And a mic. And cables. And a sound system. And then a room, obviously. With more chairs. And a lighting rig. It's surprising how much stuff is involved actually.