Review: David O'Doherty
An Irishman walks into a cock-fighting ring with a small keyboard, a fear of mice and only three jokes.
Aucklanders have waited four long years for David O'Doherty to come back these ways, and the funny guy with the lego hair exceeded all expectations.
Like many of his countrymen, O'Doherty can yak. In the programme, the show was pegged at an hour, the blackboard outside the venue said 1 hour and 40 minutes, the reality was almost two hours of pure brilliance. And while he might claim he only knows three "jokes", this show proves something else.
He was engaging, he was clever and most of all he was bloody funny. From learning German while working in a sausage factory to his fear of rodents, Doherty's quirky, laidback take on comedy is utterly charming.
While he may have come onto the stage (after one of the funniest, and longest, self introductions every heard) talking about how crap the world can be - break ups, his country's recession being bigger than ours, and his parents' mugging the last time they were in Auckland - Doherty can certainly see the bright side of life. His delivery is strangely calming. You laugh and you relax - there is never any feeling that what comes out of his mouth is going to suck or offend.
And he sings. Kind of. With a miniature Casio keyboard in tow, Doherty's musical interludes are clever. Sometimes, "funny songs" can be anything but, but this guy is dry and a little droll as he walks us through the best ways to spice up your love life (onion rings, apparently) and his plans for self-improvement.
It's such a shame the Dubliner had only one show in Auckland, because there is no doubt he could have made a lot more people laugh if he stuck around. Here's hoping we don't have to wait until 2016 for the next instalment.
DAVID O' DOHERTY IS LOOKING UP
WHERE: Q on Queen St
WHEN: Sunday May 6