cOM­Edy dAvid O’dOHERTy: sOME­wHERE OvER THE dAvid O’dOHERTy Plea­sance court­yard (Venue 33) HHHHH

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DAVID O’Doherty is prob­a­bly in­ca­pable of per­form­ing a bad show and this tal­ented Ir­ish­man ap­pears thor­oughly at home in a venue the size of plea­sance One. But there are a cou­ple of bum notes in his oth­er­wise im­mac­u­late mu­si­cal com­edy hour, specif­i­cally a se­quence of au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion in which the bike en­thu­si­ast di­ag­noses prob­lems with pun­ters’ brakes and chains, to lit­tle ob­vi­ous re­ward, along with an update of his tremen­dous pri­mal howl,

My Beefs. the song re­mains a blis­ter­ing di­a­tribe but it now lacks that sur­prise, blow-you­away fac­tor.

else­where, he lets Shakira down gen­tly in a duet of sorts, pep­pers his set with fac­toids about sharks and pan­das and con­fesses to an ex­ces­sive, awe­some fond­ness for su­perla­tives. High­lights in­clude his far­ci­cal con­clu­sion to a re­la­tion­ship and his cat­a­strophic fail­ure to ob­serve the quiet car­riage rules on a train. Hap­pily, O’Doherty’s love­able, vaguely duf­fer­ish per­sona is rou­tinely filled out by bursts of chord-ham­mer­ing rage and ir­ri­ta­tion and there’s an in­trigu­ing rhetor­i­cal poser when he won­ders if a friend’s in­ti­mate mas­sage in In­dia qual­i­fies as pros­ti­tu­tion. not a vin­tage dis­play, but en­ter­tain­ing nonethe­less.

JAy RicHARdsOn

Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day, 10:20pm

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