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Review: Dara O'Briain at Newcastle City Hall

Dara O’Briain gave Newcastle folk a trip into his brilliantly quirky mind on the first of his three Crowd Tickler gigs

Dara O'Briain
Dara O'Briain

Dara O’Briain told the packed crowd at Newcastle City Hall: “If you’re one of those people who laughs on the inside, leave now – you’re of no use to me.”

He needn’t have worried, as spectators lapped up every second of the Irish funnyman’s routine on the first night of his three-night stay in Tyneside.

Dara touched on all the hot topics of the modern age, from the shortage of helium to the country’s recent obsession with pulled pork.

However, the best moments of the night came when he interacted with the crowd and used his sharp wit and quick thinking to turn members of the audience into a vital part of the show.

He had a great back and forth with the front row, especially with a mystery man from Derry who refused to tell Dara what he does for a living, despite the Irish comic’s best efforts.

Even when a loud growling noise sounded throughout the City Hall, he was able to work it into his act, claiming it was the sound of the Norse God Asda, Thor’s lesser known brother.

Dara continued by revealing his drunken antics at Jools Holland’s Hootenanny in 2008, where he is convinced he single-handedly ended the career of The Ting Tings.

It seemed he could get a laugh out of any topic that sprung to mind, whether it be the complexity of the human brain or the art of pole dancing.

There was never a moment when a joke didn’t go down brilliantly. If anything, the laughs got louder as the night went on.

Dara then finished the show with a side-splitting encore, before thanking the Newcastle crowd by saying: “It’s been a pleasure as always and it’s always a joy to perform in this room.”

As he left the stage to the sound of The Ting Tings’ That’s Not My Name, the thunderous applause was well deserved.

Dara returns to the stage tonight and on Saturday, April 18

Ryan Carter


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