Review: David O’ Doherty at Greenwich Comedy Festival

Ordered chaos is probably the only way to describe headliner David O’ Doherty’s routine at Greenwich Comedy Festival last night – jumping from topic to topic as much as he moved around the stage.

From betting shops being like caves, with sad men in them burning money – to his pursuit for happiness through a pizza wheel, girlfriend, North Face coat “that you can never, ever wear, because it’s always too hot,” and seeing Niagara Falls.
The variety of descriptive words he comes up with seemingly on the spot – like an hilarious walking thesaurus – are at times amazing and baffling all in one.
The highlights of his act are his songs though – which he executes with fantastic comedic timing.
In ‘a song for the ladies’ he brings in the audience with a mockery of the Greenwich crowd suggesting slating men who wear jeans and a blazer “is probably not a safe joke around here.”

Josh Widdicombe also makes light of the stereotypes within his audience in his joke about homemade jam, suggesting they’d all be making it.
He follows on from that with a rant (which many of his jokes are) about home brewing – and tells about his friend who’s made beer in his bath.
“He tells me he’s washed the bath tub before he put the beer in. Oh goodie. What’s next? Would you like some food? – Don’t worry, I’ve washed the plate, but before that I sat on it naked.”
Widdicombe, who’s best known for appearances on panel shows The Last Leg and 8 out of 10 Cats, delivered his set perfectly, throwing in a few old favourites, like his joke about putting the wheelie bin in the shed ahead of a storm.

Compere Ed Gamble provided easy interjections between the acts, bouncing off the audience well.
First act James Acaster had some funny touches within his routine – like how he’d destroy all the “schmoozing” he’d built up after chatting with a group with just one line as he left.
“Death comes to us all” or “there are only 3,000 tigers left in the wild,” he would say, then spin around to walk off.
All four comedians in the Big Top had the audience laughing from the beginning to end, but the highlight of the evening had to be headliner David O’ Doherty and his keyboard.

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