Bridget Jones stuff.co.nz'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.'open/close
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.
It's the first time in four years that Irish comedian David O'Doherty's played a full show in Auckland - and to say the crowd is excited is a massive understatement.
With gaffer tape spelling out his initials on the stage curtain, there was a decidedly lo-fi feel to the evening - but it did nothing to dampen great expectations.
As the lights went down, a prolonged intro voiceover set the tone for the night - slightly rambling, utterly ludicrous and totally hilarious. Espousing such phrases as "Carpe D O'Diem" this Irish comedian is onto it from the moment it all kicks off.
He has a very simple plea as he plays the last date on his 3 month tour: "I hope you like it, that's all".
And by golly, David, we absolutely adored it.
Due to play only an hour and ending up nearing two hours, O'Doherty has a warmth of personality mixed in with a large dollop of insanity and some great story telling as he recounts how the show rose from the ashes of a doomed relationship.
Throw in some musical numbers on a very small keyboard, some pacing around the stage and some frankly hilarious observations and really, you've got one of the top shows of the festival.
His show takes in getting older, tackling fears, nostalgia, some terrifying visuals about how he copes with a break up (hint it involves video games, pants and pizza in a room with curtains drawn) and reaching outlandish conclusions about the very simple things in life.
O'Doherty has a quirkiness which renders him totally affable and a humility which is utterly engaging; he's also got some of the smartest song lyrics I've heard this year which have a poignancy as well as an absurdly killer punchline. One section sees him dispensing tips for satisfying your lady and it's at this point, everyone is in fits of laughter - such is O'Doherty's hit rate you can't help but lose your lunch laughing.
After realising, he's gone a bit long, he cries that "From now on, it's all killer, no filler" before telling us "Watch out, New Zealand, you're about to get it in the North Island" and then finishes with a superbly brilliant rendition of his complaints song "My Beefs".
A brief encore sees him back and when it ends, there really is the feeling he could have gone on all night. O'Doherty is a master craftsman, a wordsmith of whimsy, a raucous raconteur and a showman of utter style.
Please don't leave it four years to come back again.
David O'Doherty only has three jokes and in his new show he tells them, but three jokes do not a show make.
While the rest of the act doesn't include any other 'jokes' in a traditional punchline format, we laugh so hard we almost split our sides in what O'Doherty describes as the the saddest show in the history of comedy.
What makes this Irishman just so damn funny?
It might be his insightful observational comedy, his unparalleled story-telling or perhaps the songs he plays from time to time on a very small keyboard on his lap, about things like life and love.
He's so normal it almost hurts and he's sure to remind you of someone you know.
The reason his show is so amazing is not because he writes the best jokes but because he's an intrinsically hilarious guy.
The premise of Looking Up is that O'Doherty has broken up with his girlfriend, leading to a degree of misery, self-loathing and Domino's pizza.
But despite the avid descriptions of playing Wii in your underwear and being unable to venture outside, his quirky outlook on life and his somewhat unconventional tale of hope will leave you feeling decidedly upbeat.