Rory O'Hanlon – You Are Where You Need to Be
  • By Tom King
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  • 15th Aug 2016
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  • ★★★

The show’s stated theme is a philosophical discussion of how we end up where we end up, In actual fact this thread isn’t really followed up. What’s actually on offer is a grab bag of observational comedy, targeted at the international audience of the Fringe and centred around O’ Hanlon’s travels.

A solid show from a seasoned performer.

We hear about the stunningly-hot temperature in Dubai, the lackadaisical approach to border control in Ireland, the almost-insulting-but-friendly directness of Australia and why there will never, ever, ever be an international sex symbol called Seamus.

Woven throughout these globetrotting adventures are a few more tangents about O’ Hanlon’s life and background. This is all fairly general stuff - schoolmates, first jobs, the challenges of attracting the opposite sex when you look like “a ginger Gollum” - but told in an amiable enough way. Where O Hanlon’ really hits gold is talking about his Polish personal trainer and the sexually suggestive toning exercises he sets.

There are a few attempts at audience interaction - where are you from, what do you do, etc. - but these swiftly taper out; used more to give O’ Hanlon time to remember the next part of his routine than to prompt anything new. When he’s on familiar ground, however, he’s a confident stage presence with good timing and delivery.

You Are Where You Need To Be is a solid show from a seasoned performer. You may not spend the entire time creased-over or breathless but you’re likely to be chortling throughout.

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The Blurb

Irish funny man Rory O’Hanlon is back at the Fringe with another hilarious stand up show. Earlier this year, after sustaining a running injury, Rory undertook a crash course in hot yoga. Never in his wildest dreams would he have felt comfortable in a room full of strangers in just his shorts, but hanging out with men called Apple and posing as a tree were soon to become a big part of his life. Once he had overcome the heat stroke, yoga opened up a whole new world.