David O’Doherty: David O’Doherty Will Try To Fix Everything

Pleasance Courtyard

From 31 July 2013 to 25 August 2013

Rating: *****

Review by David Chadderton

Irish comedian David O'Doherty, as he says in his title, wants to solve all of our problems, and he tackles a good many subjects in his hour-long show.

His look is described in his show publicity as "Jaws-era Steven Spielberg"; he certainly has that dowdy late '70s / early '80s look so popular amongst advertisers at the moment, and appears on stage with a toy keyboard that could be from a similar era.

He complains about the price of printer ink, ridicules showbiz news, confesses that he cries at old men doing anything, blames Lance Armstrong for everything bad in the world, observes that it is impossible to quote untrue facts now that most people have a smartphone, imagines going back in time to show Leonardo da Vinci modern inventions and marvels at the logic of a 6-year-old.

His delivery is incessant as he trips from one subject to the next without any space for changing thought or barely to draw breath, plus he also launches into the occasional very funny song.

Perhaps he didn't quite solve everything in the hour, but he made a good start, and hopefully he'll be back to continue the quest next year. He certainly fixed it for one of the Pleasance's largest venues to be filled to the brim with very happy people.