The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC LISTINGS - Tony Clay­ton-Lea

RDS, Sim­mon­scourt, Dublin Sun 8pm ¤38.70 (sold out) 0818-719300

Com­edy records are, un­der­stand­ably, rarely lis­tened to af­ter the first time – un­less you’re des­per­ately eas­ily amused, why laugh at a joke when you al­ready know the punch­line? This is why Tena­cious D – who surely owe their sta­dia fill­ing sta­tus to the star power of portly comic ac­tor Jack Black rather than to any­thing ap­proach­ing mu­si­cal tal­ent – are a duo con­stantly in search of new jokes – any jokes. Only oc­ca­sion­ally do they get it right, in their lam­poon­ing of bom­bas­tic rock (on their 2002 self-ti­tled de­but, a track called Won­der­boy); most of the time it’s as a funny as a life-threat­en­ing ill­ness. Ad­mit­tedly, in a live set­ting the ju­ve­nile hu­mour quo­tient might be raised from frown to tit­ter level, but it’s too late and the ma­te­rial is just not funny enough. Mind you, what the feck do I know – this gig sold out in min­utes.

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