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Caimh McDonnell: Fringe 2012
This is a jolly wee show presented by an engaging comedian. He started off by disingenuously claiming to have no small talk and to not get on with anybody.
That is, of coursem ridiculous. First he is a comedian, his raison d’etre is finding the right words for any situation, second he’s Irish, which gives him a head start for the task. Anyone ever met a tongue tied Irish comedian? Thought not, but it was a reasonable starting point.
Caimh McDonnell is a valued member of the UK comedy circuit and it was presumably force of habit that led him to compere his way into the first few minutes of the show, shaking hands with several members of the audience in order to comment on the expectation of social handshakes, too weak, too long, too strong, how easy it is to get wrong, some observations about the venue (very nice, BTW) So far, so unexceptional, this might have been the start of any club night.
But it got better than that. He had a fund of stories that entertained for the whole hour, commentary on the comedian’s life, his exceptional girlfriend, living in Manchester, which brings its own considerable frustrations, from the postcode related insurance battering to violent badger-related incidents. It really warmed up with the family anecdotes from Ireland and he topped it with a potentially tragic story of a man with mental health issues.
The strengths of this show were his fluency and his ability to cast a spell over his crowd. Even as he gently mocked his compatriots’ tendency to jaw the hind leg off a donkey, he was doing it himself. He didn’t seem to have a misanthropic bone in his body. I feel churlish suggesting that what the show could do with is a bit more grit, bite or backbone because it is what it is. The ambition seemed modest, this was a closer to a good bar chat than a performance.
McDonnell has a good teatime show, a post-work, pre-dinner event that will leave you without your socks blown off but considerably cheered by his self deprecating and vigorous storytelling.
|Date of live review: Monday 20th Aug, '12|
Review by Julia Chamberlain
Monday 20th Feb, '12-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2005 -
Just like a middle aged couple in a Vauxhall Astra in a suspect layby, he was a pleasure to watch perform.
Come back to Scotland! We saw Caimh in Edinburgh 2007, and he was the best comic there.
Brilliant. Have seen him many times and the audience have always loved him, a great comic.
Genuinely warm and funny. Had me and the rest of the audience in stitches. Loved the chase story. He get my vote
For once, I agree with totally with the reviewer. A very nice man and a very good, storytelling comic with genuine warmth
Never saw his Futureshock show, but on the dozen occasions I've been lucky enough to catch Caimh he s more than done the business every time. Catch him before he s filling theatres
Don't agree with much of this review. I saw Caimh's 'comedy show', Futureshock last year and was well and truly shocked and will continue to be in the future. Caimh's smug delivery can't cover his poor material. He's just another bloke who works the circuit hard but lacks any natural talent. He's the Boyzone of the comedy circuit, without the success
Caimh McDonnell: Futureshock
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Caimh McDonnell: I.D.
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Caimh McDonnell: The Art of Conversation