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Carlsberg Comedy Carnival 2009

Carlsberg Comedy Carnival 2009

Show type: Misc live shows

Carlsberg Comedy Carnival,Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, July 23 to 26,2009, plays host to more than 65 world class international and Irish acts, playing 44 shows over one unique carnival weekend. The festival has just won two prestigious awards for Best New Festival at The Irish Festival Awards and Best Sponsored Event at The Irish Industry Awards.



Carlsberg Comedy Carnival 2009, Day 2

Note: This review is from 2009

Carlsberg Comedy Carnival 2009, Day 2

Day two began with cancellations as Jason Manford stayed home with his pregnant wife and Hans Teeuwen pulled out due to illness.

The non-flying Dutchman’s absence was initially attributed to swine flu, but by the afternoon his diagnosis had been downgraded to regular sniffles. Come the evening though, I found myself chatting to another comic convinced Teeuwen’s artistic integrity and work ethic meant that it had to be porcine.

Teeuwen’s replacement, PJ Gallagher, certainly announced it as such on stage, disappointing the smattering of Dutch and Belgians in the audience, though the majority of the crowd were thrilled to have one of their own performing instead.

My night began well, with Andrew Stanley introducing two musical comics: David O’Doherty and Bo Burnham. Stanley was a workmanlike MC, building a solid rapport with the crowd by exploring the duration of various relationships, splitting the room down north and south Dublin lines and just generally bemoaning his unruly hair.

Shuffling on with guitar, 18-year-old Burnham appeared agitated throughout his performance, continually checking his clock and jumping up, sitting down, pacing the front row. The internet sensation from Massachusetts, currently claiming almost 50million You Tube hits to his name, worried aloud that many of his American cultural references wouldn’t resonate this side of the pond.

And in truth, many didn’t, the intricacy of his lyrics ensuring he simply couldn’t modify the allusions. But whether in beat poem, haiku or porn rendered in Shakespearean verse, his dazzling invention and precocious wit carried him through any momentary incomprehension and he absolutely stormed. His signature rap I’m Bo Yo won a rapturous ovation and a tremendous line about Anne Frank followed by an even more astute observation on the rape whistle industry betrayed the imagination of a master comic. Wonderful stuff.

David O’Doherty performed most of the set I’d watched the night before, but it lost little in repetition and he creditably mixed it up a bit. In came a tirade about Chris Rock’s now legendary failure to tailor his material in Dublin, with persistent references to ‘your Queen’.

Also, there was the surprisingly sweet story of 12-year-old O’Doherty’s introduction to the naked female form. His recollection of telescopic Peeping Tom-ism would be significantly less endearing coming from so many comics, but it finished with the adult DOD touchingly tongue-tied when properly introduced to the object of his adolescent lust, ‘Jupiter’s moons’ as she’d hitherto been known.

Less than an hour later and I received my first real disappointment of the festival. The excitable PJ Gallagher knows how to work a room, but his boundless energy can’t disguise the fact that much of his material is distinctly ordinary. One lengthy routine, relying on the tedious repetition of the phrase ‘sneaky poo’ in a ‘cool’ African-American accent, found him guilty of reinforcing the same kind of lazy stereotyping he accused a store assistant of. Another gag, on surviving the aftermath of a plane crash with a whistle was nailed significantly better by Eddie Izzard over a decade ago.

Still, if Gallagher was a poor substitute for Teeuwen’s risky innovation, at least he turned up. Andrew Maxwell took the stage in spirit but he looked soused. His reputation won him several minutes of indulgence from his fellow Dubliners, as he baldly declared Michael Jackson a paedophile, before mischievously suggesting flogging child photos of yourself online for others’ dark predilections.

Sadly, his sharpest observation was his claim to be the drunkest in the room. One too many repeated enquiries about who’d travelled furthest to attend tonight’s gig brought a chorus of boos, demands for refunds and the reappearance of compere Bernard O’Shea, who returned looking visibly unsettled as Maxwell departed.

Having previously regaled with the tale of how he lost his virginity to an older Dutch woman, before casting off his clothes to reveal a fluorescent green, high visibility vest and tight shorts combo – props for a series of traffic misdirecting pranks – there were cries for the former folk musician to strip fully naked.

Instead, he opted for settling everyone down with a couple of songs. Establishing himself as a temperamental figure of scorned ginger pity and explosive vengeance, he delivered the best performance of the show by some distance.

Saturday 25th Jul, '09
Jay Richardson


Show Dates



These comics also appear in:

Andrew Maxwell: Grand Royale

David O'Doherty: Grown Up

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

The Odd Couple


Edinburgh And Beyond 2007

Horne & Corden Is This Funny?

Jack Whitehall At Large

Jack Whitehall Gets Around

John Bishop 2012 arena tour

John Bishop: Going To Work Tour

John Bishop: Supersonic

John Bishop: The Sunshine Tour

John Bishop: Winging It

Paul Merton's Out Of My Head

Sean Lock Live

Sean Lock: Keep It Light

Sean Lock: Lockipedia

Sean Lock: Purple Van Man

AmusedMoose Laugh Off 06 final

Andrew Maxwell: Round Twilight

Comic Abuse

Damian Clark and Andrew Stanley: I Dare Ya!

David O'Doherty Is My Name

doktor cocacolamcdonalds explains all!

Maria Bamford: Plan B

Maxwell's Full Mooners

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

The Wilson Dixon Hour

Young, Gifted And Green

Andrew Maxwell: This Is My Hour

David O'Doherty in World Champion of Some Things


John Bishop: Peddling Stories

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Paul Merton\'s Impro Chums

sml Med LRG

The Dumb Waiter (2004 Fringe)

David O'Doherty Creates Something New Under The Su

John Bishop: Freefall

Maria Bamford

Stephen Frost\'s Impro All Stars

Twelve Angry Men

Andrew Maxwell

David O'Doherty: Small Things

Sean Lock

The Stonewall Gala

Andrew Maxwell

Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award Final

Andrew Maxwell

BBC Comedy Presents... [Manchester 2008]

Brighton Comedy Festival: Best Of The Fest

Channel 4 Comedy Gala 2011

City Life Final Comedian Of The Year 2001

Comedy Store's 30th Anniversary Charity Gala

Hackney Empire New Act Final 2008

Laughing Horse New Act Final 2007

Pecha Kucka KLK with David O'Doherty

Punk Cabaret

Secret Policeman's Ball 2006

Secret Policeman's Ball 2008

Teenage Cancer Trust benefit 2011

A Film With Me In It

Andrew Maxwell: Waxin'

Comedy Reserve

David O'Doherty: It's David O'Doherty Time

Doktor Cocacolamcdonalds: The One Man Rock Opera

Edinburgh and Beyond [2007]

John Bishop: Stick Your Job Up Your Arse

Maxwell's Full Mooners [2007 Fringe]

Sean Lock [2007]

So You Think You're Funny? 2007 final

Stand Up For Animals

Yarnbards [ 2007]

Wilson Dixon Hour

O'Comics 2007

Andrew Maxwell: Supernatural

Andrew Stanley: Some Things That Occured to Me in the Last While That I Thought You Should Know About

David O'Doherty: Let's Comedy

Doktor Docacolamcdonalds: Badly Ranted Thoughts Via The Magic Of Song

Honourable Men Of Art 2008

I Can't Sleep by David O'Doherty

John Bishop: Cultural Ambassador

Keith Farnan: Cruel and Unusual

Paul Merton's Impro Chums [2008]

Sean Lock & Friends At The Fringe

So You Think You're Funny [2008]

Stand Up For Freedom [2008]

Wilson Dixon Rides Again

Comedy Showdown

O'Comic Gala

The Alternative Show

Jimmy Fallon Gala

O'Comics 2008

Andrew Maxwell: The Lamp

Andrew Stanley: On Sale Now

David O'Doherty: David O' Doh-party

Jack Whitehall: Nearly Rebellious

John Bishop: Elvis Has Left The Building

Stand Up For Freedom [2009]

Wild Colonian Boys

Wilson Dixon's American Dream

I Can't Sleep

Andrew Maxwell: Five Nights Only

David O'Doherty: Somewhere Over The David O'Doherty

Jack Whitehall: Learning Difficulties

John Bishop: Sunshine

Keith Farnan: Sex Traffic - How Much Is That Woman In The Window?

Maxwell's Fullmooners

Rupert Pupkin Collective

Sean Lock: Lockipedia [Edinburgh 2010]

Stand-Up For African Mothers

Andrew Maxwell: The Lights Are On

Damian Clark: Stand Up

David O'Doherty Is Looking Up

David O'Doherty Presents: Rory Sheridan's Tales Of The Antarctica

Jack Whitehall And His Father Michael: Back CHat

Jack Whitehall: Let's Not Speak of This Again

Keith Farnan: Money, Money, Money

Maxwell's Fullmooners 2011

Neil Hamburger: Discounted Entertainer

Paul Merton's Impro Chums [2011]

The Wrestling

Andrew Maxwell: That's The Spirit

David O'Doherty Presents 403 Second Masterworks

David O'Doherty: Seize The David O'Doherty

Gearoid Farrelly: Turbulence

Mark Watson's Edinborolympics

Paul Merton's Impro Chums [2012]

Andrew Maxwell: Banana Kingdom

Damian Clark in G'Damo

David O'Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything

Keith Farnan: Fear Itself

Paul Merton's Impro Chums [2013]


The Wrestling II

Andrew Maxwell: Hubble Bubble

Andrew Maxwell: Hubble Bubble

Damian Clark: Go Ahead, Make My Damo

David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything

Neil Hamburger

Andrew Maxwell – Yo Contraire

Damian Clark - It's a Good Day to Damo

David O’Doherty: We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at David O'Doherty

Gearoid Farrelly: Gearoid Less Travelled

Keith Farnan: Anonymous

Andrew Maxwell: Slight Return

Damian Clark Can't Slow Down

David O'Doherty: Big Time

Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

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