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'Something for the Dads'
DVD from the Tour - better live!
The Irish comic and television presenter Dara Ó Briain visited Southend-on-Sea earlier this month and I was lucky enough to catch him. He's got a few gigs left to play in his home country, so here's a gig review which I hope will be useful to anyone thinking of seeing him at Vicar Street in Dublin.
Unusually for a stand-up gig, when the curtain went up there stood the main draw - no warm-up act all. This is brave stuff as it doesn't give the audience the opportunity to get in the giggle zone, or get any heckling off their chests. As Dara himself pointed out, it was also a Wednesday night, a work night for many, and not the most auspicious night of the week for a drink and some gags. Still, despite his having a heavy cold, which caused some coughs and splutters that he worked into the act, and an initially slightly puzzled audience, he proceeded into his set with the sure-footedness and confidence of a man who knows his craft.
The audience participation showcased his ready wit and whilst obviously done at the expense of the victims it was still good-natured, observational humour with an easy charm. Ó Briain has a way about him that appealed to both those in the front row being picked on and those of us well out of harm's way at the back. Put it this way, if I had happened to be at the front, I wouldn't have minded at all!
He works a couple of contemporary themes throughout the set: science versus the mystical, travel, how the Irish are adapting to the state of the global economy and a new catchphrase that has stuck in my head, 'Something for the Dads...'. The show is guaranteed to give a few belly laughs, especially the 'Stupidest thing you did on holiday' routine which changes for every audience depending on the replies and culminates with a man from Killarney and an armadillo.
For gentle, but extremely funny pre-Christmas mirth be sure to catch the show in Dublin. Check out the final dates and ticket availability here www.daraobriain.com/