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REVIEW: David O’Doherty Tries to Fix Everything

Sunday, 4 May, 2014

Autobahn by Kraftwerk is an important album in electronic music. Released in 1975, the album is notable for it’s use of portable keyboard synthesisers and metaphoric embrace of the journey of life.

David O’Doherty is an important figure in Irish comedy. Born in 1975, the comedian is notable for his use of portable keyboard synthesisers and metaphoric embrace of the journey of life.

David O’Doherty Tries To Fix Everything is another chapter in that journey. Like a shabby and talkative Irish backpacker you might meet on an intercity bus flying down the Autobahn, O’Doherty whimsically captures life’s banalities  – from slow internet to “infinity knives” – as he recalls how has tried to fix things in his life in order to find happiness.

His delivery may not be for everyone; O’Doherty’s jokes come with such dizzying speed that the audience could be left feeling as confused as you were when you read the first paragraph of this review. His stream of consciousness approach is only broken by his hallmark musical interludes, with O’Doherty himself suggesting that the only difference between himself and Jack Kerouac is that he has six devices that need charging at night.

Yet the pacing works. Allowing his audience to titter along as he goes rather than demanding rolling-in-the-aisle laughs makes his show an absolute delight. Whilst it has been done before, it’s impossible not to marvel at how O’Doherty does it with such consummate ease. He may not be as revolutionary as Kraftwerk, but we can sure hope he is just as influential on the next generation of artists in the industry.