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Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Danny O’Brien: RaconTour @ Underbelly

What the Edinburgh Fringe website says:

Award-winning Irish comedian Danny O'Brien returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his most adventurous and unique solo show to date. After inheriting a broken-down, unreliable, older-than-he-is motorcycle, Danny decided to take to the road on a comedic expedition. Come hear the story of this RaconTour – in all its glory, failures, and triumphs alike! ‘O'Brien took to the stage like a force of nature... one suspects it won’t be too much longer before stadiums come calling’ **** (Irish Examiner).

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Irish observational humour

Danny O’Brien is consistently wry in his observational humour revolving around life in Ireland, largely around him growing up in a small town, and his subsequent life travelling the land on a bike. He’s genuinely personable, but at the same time he's unafraid to bring up the sadder aspects of his own family history. He’s a gripping storyteller, and his tales of repeatedly failing his motorcycle test due to issues that were largely his own fault, along with one or two that clearly weren’t (such as getting a Lucozade bottle thrown at his head when riding around a rough part of Dublin) are particularly enjoyable.

Nothing outstanding

However, his act isn’t anything groundbreaking or outstanding either. Much of his comedy revolves around a procession of (mainly Irish) caricatures and stereotypes: the midnight mass where everyone is drunk, the old man behind the counter in a small-town pub for whom the concept of customer service clearly comes from an alien planet, the grimly sombre motorcycle test examiner, the rural adolescents who are prone to practically killing each other as soon as they step outside their own front doors and so on. He’s savvy enough to know how to weave these entertainingly into his tale, but there’s something rather cozy and predictable about it all.

It seems that Danny’s doing what’s safe and expected of him as an Irish comedian. It’s fine, but nothing particularly memorable.

Rating: ☆☆☆

Tickets are available from the following link:

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