Few comedians are as fluid as Dara O’Briain, freely dipping in and out of the audience to incorporate their responses into his fast-flowing monologue. It’s a spontaneous level of interaction rarely found outside a Ross Noble gig, creating the feeling that every show is special.
This DVD therefore feels as if it has captured such a typically random night, rather than the same well-practised set that he’s run through every other night night on the tour. That feeling is only heightened when you browse the extras menu to find a whole other full-length show, but recorded in Dublin, with very little overlap with the main feature.
But it’s no all quick-witted banter, there’s some sharp material here, too. Outside of a phenomenal Yakult joke, the best come an impassioned rant against all manner of hocus-pocus masquerading as pseudo-science, such as homeopathy and alternative medicines. As a maths and theoretical physics graduate, he takes great, and well-deserved, glee at skewering these charlatans.
Elsewhere, drunken audiences, previous gigs, hotel rooms and watching DVDs form a good chunk of the running time, reflecting the concerns of many a comic on the road. But they’re always his stories – often going off on wild tangents – so there’s little feeling this generic stuff.
|Sample joke:'I give out when people talk about crime going up, but the numbers are definitely down. And if you go, "The numbers are down", they go, "Ahh, but the *fear* of crime is rising." Well, so fucking what? Zombies are at an all-time low level, but the fear of zombies coul dbe incredibly high. It doesn't mena you have to have government policies to deal with the fear of zombies. ’|
|Extras: A whole bonus 50-plus minute stand-up show recorded in Vicar Street Dublin, comprising stories he only tells in Ireland, described as ‘a perfect example of a mad night in Dublin with an audience who won’t shut up’ An in-vision commentary and drinking game, with Dara and David Mitchell watching the show and chatting through it. And the littlest extra: just one bonus gag|
|Recorded at: Hammersmith Apollo, London|
|Main show running time: 95 mins|
Release date: November 17, 2008
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