It’s a special kind of comedy show that leaves you laughing and also slightly fearing for your safety after you leave. David O’Doherty’s new show Big Time brings just that, also demonstrating that being recognised in the street is only a positive if you haven’t just car-doored the recogniser.
O’Doherty is endlessly charming and hilarious, rushing about the stage like any good hyper-energetic oversharer, only stilling when his keyboard is on his lap for the next song.
Big Time is a light-hearted feel-good time, which will leave you remembering morsels for days and giggling on public transport (which is what we all truly want from a comedy show).
Big Time talks power — how to handle the responsibility of 60,000 14-year-olds in love with you because of a single @ from Ed Sheeran, how to use too much power and get thrown out of a club pre Y2K, and reviewing the audience before they can review you.
A lot of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year is focused on the state of politics, and although D’OD mentions it throughout the show, his priorities are much closer to home, planning his takedown of every other David so he may be the Madonna of them all.
David O’Doherty is the heartwarming regular to MICF — a one-man extravaganza full of singing, spinning stories, and a taking down of tall poppies that must be a parallel between Australians and the Irish.
If you’re looking for a long-term return on investment for your comedy, Big Time is your show.
Jasmin Ashton is a designer, marketer and freelance writer from Melbourne who has a lot of feelings about everything. Find them at @Jasmanna.