Look at This Massive Picture of My Face: Fringe Review

look-at-this-massive-picture-of-my-face_26008Howdy Doody


It’s very difficult to pull off a routine that focuses largely on lengthy rants whilst still retaining an audience’s affection, but Nick Doody manages to pull this feat off with aplomb. Beginning with a lecture on the importance of audience attention, it is not long before he is dissecting politics, religion and the flaws of airport security.

With an astute talent for observational comedy, Doody has clearly spent a considerable amount of time analysing the various discrepancies found in everyday occurrences. From the ridiculous logic of being unable to take more than 100ml of liquid on a plane but as much as you want if it is in separate containers, to the lack of appeal of 20-year-old women when you are 40 as you realise that you share nothing in common with them, Doody produces sharp, witty humour, that has much of the audience in stitches.

Although some of the jokes will not work for everyone, as Doody points out, there is no point staying offended when the words he says are in jest, rather than means to deliberately upset the sensitively inclined. After all, a joke about rape is not the same as rape itself. Though moments of the set teeter on the edge of acceptability, including a hilarious if somewhat impertinent digression involving Baroness Thatcher, Doody is clearly onto a winner.

Taken from Broadway Baby, published Aug 2012.

Sam Fletcher – Good on Paper: Fringe Review

sam-fletcher-good-on-paper_26013Good in Person


It’s impossible not to like Sam Fletcher. His small stature, gawkish style and natural charm are incredibly endearing. Brandishing a style of comedy he refers to as dad jokes, he combined simple magic tricks with illustrations of his many inventions and an entertainingly home-edited soundtrack to create a show that will certainly produce a chuckle.
It’s always difficult encouraging people to attend an early show, yet Fletcher made this easier by distributing coffee and jelly beans. Despite a small crowd he bumbled along, providing perfect hangover cure comedy. Undoubtedly its silly style will prove frustrating for those in search of something with a little more substance, but for anyone seeking a bit of light entertainment, it’s definitely worth a look.

Some of the more memorable moments included an illustration of Prince William’s helicopter that could be moved up and down, a song about shoes and homemade tarot cards that he used to tell the audience’s future. Bizarre and at times simply baffling, Good on Paper is an hour of good clean fun. By no means groundbreaking material, its harmless nature and childish excitement is made more appealing by the fact that it is free. There’s certainly worse things you could be doing at 12.30.

Taken from Broadway Baby, published Aug 2012.

Who is Jean? Go the Distance: Fringe Review









Less sketch show and more comedy theatre, Who Is Jean present a surrealist tale about a running race where all manner of unusual events occur along the way. With an absurdest approach to comedy, laughs are attempted through the bizarre and spontaneous nature of their material. Unfortunately, many of their jokes fall flat as they seem to rely on the randomness of their content rather than its quality. As scenes are viewed with a mixture of confusion and bafflement, it is only during sparse moments that genuine laughs are found, more often than not as a result of a mistake or corpsing on the part of the cast. It remains clear that a lot of work is still needed.

The Banshee Labyrinth, 6 – 27 Aug (not 17, 24), 4.45pm (5.45pm), free non-ticketed, fpp165.

tw rating 2/5

This article was written for Three Weeks, but unfortunately was never published.

Rowena Haley: Nothing to Write Home About









Accompanied by a baby-blue guitar and a collection of holiday snaps, Rowena Haley goes through the ups and downs of her past. Delivering her material in a somewhat cynical manner, she blends songs with stories to reasonable effect. Moments of her show shine with wit and intelligence but unfortunately the rest is hampered by Haley’s adherence to humour surely only fit for friends and family, complete with in-jokes and references that are difficult to follow. It’s really frustrating when it is obvious that she has a lot to offer in the way of comedy. Perhaps if she focused more on a general audience rather than those who are close to her, she would see herself achieving far more success.

Southsider, 6 – 27 Aug, 5.45pm (6.35pm), free, fpp144. 

tw rating 2/5 

Taken from Three Weeks, published Tue Aug 23rd 2011.

Three Weeks 2011 – Daily Edition #19, Aug 23rd


2 Comedians, 1 Bucket – Free: Fringe Review









Considering that this is a debut Fringe performance for these two upcoming Irish comedians, they do well to pack out the small venue and produce an hour of comedy that as promised, “isn’t shit”. They have very differing comedic styles, but Marcus Olaoire and Lucy Montague-Moffatt are both versatile and have a good grasp of comedic pace and timing. With its rather crude subject matter, this is not a show for families, but for those that like a bit of the inappropriate, this is a show that won’t disappoint. A performance that – though very far from perfect – has great potential and, best of all, doesn’t cost a penny.

Bar 50, 6 – 27 Aug (not 11, 18, 25), 9.30pm (10.30pm), free, fpp162.

tw rating 3/5

Taken from Three Weeks, published online Tue Aug 16th 2011.

Crush – Free

Crush – Free

Lizzy Mace/PBH’s Free Fringe

An innovative idea, with its combination of spoken word and video clips: Lizzy Mace offers an interesting concept although one that ultimately feels more akin to a self-help class in relationships than a production. Being asked to recount memories such as those of the very first crush you ever had offers the basis for a pleasant nostalgia trip, as one is able to recognise and empathise with many of the experiences mentioned. The underlining message of the production appears to be the importance of being a WOTM (woman of the moment) to an attempt to lead a fruitful life; it’s a congenial performance but one which unfortunately didn’t present much in the way of comedy.

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7 – 28 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 1.10pm (2.00pm), free, fpp 51

tw rating: 2/5

published: Oct-2010

[Alistair  Quaile]

Taken from Three Weeks