Peren­nial Hardy

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JEREMY HARDY IFI, Eus­tace St, Dublin Thurs-Sat 22nd 10.15pm 125.50 0818-719300 Per­haps the last link back to the rad­i­cal po­lit­i­cal ori­gins of what used to be called al­ter­na­tive com­edy, Jeremy Hardy re­mains a for­mi­da­ble pres­ence on the cir­cuit, not just for his un­com­pro­mis­ing stance on how com­edy can be dia­lec­tic and polem­i­cal but also for the huge laugh­ter ap­peal of his ma­te­rial. He’s reg­u­larly seen and heard on TV and ra­dio th­ese days. What charms most about Hardy is how he looks and talks like the older brother of Punt and Den­nis or Mitchell and Webb but, un­like those two ir­ri­tat­ing and point­less acts, he packs a po­tent po­lit­i­cal punch. This, re­mem­ber, is the man who was once banned from play­ing a venue in the UK for opin­ing that “BNP mem­bers should be shot in the back of the head”. If you want to see a com­edy mas­ter class, do not miss. BRIAN BOYD

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