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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 3

Note: This review is from 2009

Carlsberg Comedy Carnival 2009, Day 3

Day three brought 16 comics in four shows over nine hours, so forgive me for rattling through brief reviews of each:

Show One: Young, Gifted and Green

John Colleary: Succeeded in energising an early afternoon gig as MC but made the awkward error of referring to a female punter as a man. Cruel gags at Prime Minister Brian Cowen’s expense.

Gearóid Farrelly: Amusing routine about his mam’s sex education talks with the lady herself in the audience. Force of personality covered for lesser material. Bitchily caustic about afternoon TV and at most compelling talking about growing up gay and quick on his heels in tough Finglas.

Carol Tobin: Exceptionally dark, regularly very funny and unafraid of making her audience temporarily uncomfortable for bigger laughs. Pet rapist routine was a particular highlight.

Keith Farnan: Covering a wide range of subjects, from the similarities of Irish and Jewish psychosis to the bearing of Star Wars on a marriage, every single punchline landed. Excellent.

Show Two

Eric Lalor: Capable compering, outlining his dubious reasons for performing a charity gig and the pitfalls of playing espionage with his kids in a CCTV-monitored shopping centre. Tremendous line about the perception of the recession in Ballymun.

Jack Whitehall: His voice and middle-class credentials make comparisons to Michael McIntyre inevitable but that’s no bad yardstick for an observational comic with a burgeoning television career. Impressively slick for such a young act, his continued ascent seems assured.

John Bishop: An effortless set from a consummate storyteller, with anecdotes on raising teenage boys and watching U2 in concert elevated by instinctive delivery and canny pacing. Revelation that Audi sought his Scouse tones for a voiceover.  

Show Three: The Stars Of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Featuring Stephen Frost, Ian Coppinger, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Steve Steen and special guest Sean Lock, the latter located his improv chops as the show progressed. A typically hit-and-miss affair that ran out of impetus a bit in the second half, it was nevertheless enlivened by mutual testicle grabbing from Frost and Lock, sterling work from Steen as a succession of foreign caricatures and little black dress adjusting from little bald Coppinger.

Show Four

David McSavage: Alternately amusing and frustrating, compere McSavage proved himself commendably quick-witted. A seemingly ill-advised return after the tour-de-force that was Neil Hamburger turned out to be the best part of his set.

Eugene Mirman: Any show where Mirman is the most conventional act on the bill stands out. The New Yorker presented an eclectic blend of prop-based gags, a memorable tale about a child that channelled Asperger Syndrome into a messiah complex and telephone recordings of his tangles with petty bureaucracy. Occasionally he took a little too long to establish his set-ups but appears to be increasingly acclimatising to European audiences.

Neil Hamburger: Gregg Turkington’s washed-up showbiz lag was the highlight of my festival so far. As inevitable as the persistent references to Michael Jackson’s death was that two-thirds of the audience would depart before the end of set. Those that stayed gorged themselves on his obscene celebrity scenarios, as he swung between brilliant and dire punchlines with equal invention. A wonderfully realised character, I can’t wait to watch again.

Sunday 26th Jul, '09
Jay Richardson


Show Dates



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David O'Doherty: Grown Up

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

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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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