A word of warning to those attending David O'Doherty's show, Looking Up: you may wish to indulge in a gentle stage-invasion at some point throughout the evening, throwing your arms around the Irish comic.
Looking Up concerns O'Doherty's recovery from a debilitating rut, brought on by a fractured heart. The show is essentially O'Doherty's vehicle to make light of past adversity and, true to form, he fares excellently.
Contrary to those impressions derived from O'Doherty's Gala sets, the Irish comic's routine is not, in fact, limited exclusively to Casio keyboard stylings. On the whole, bouts of fiercely funny stand-up dominate Looking Up and - as fans will attest - O'Doherty's mild-mannered banter often comes close to outshining his musical fare. That said, Looking Up's healthy smattering of VLEMWy (Very Low Energy Musical Whimsy) is simply sublime and an essential component of the Irish comic's craft. Pleasingly, his songs are as clever and well-considered as ever.
Looking Up's humor revolves around O'Doherty's whimsical expertise. Whether he's expounding upon nostalgic affection for dial-up internet, bizarre sex tips or the finer points of rodent control, there's something blissfully off-kilter about O'Doherty's comedy. Even the likes of Frisbee Dog for the Nintendo Wii crops up in O'Doherty's routine. It's all a little quirky and a whole lot of fun.
Overall, Looking Up - a tale of triumph with a few delectable detours on the cards - grazes O'Doherty's best work. A pleasure as always.