There’s something incredibly likeable about David O’Doherty, that I’m sure everyone that goes to see him comes away wishing he was their friend. Before he even opens his mouth you feel an affinity with him, and over the hour of the show you’re exposed to an hour of hilarious but gentle comedy.

O’Doherty held the packed audience of the Upstairs Forum in the palm of his hand from the moment he steps on stage. His show meanders between stand-up and musical pieces, beginning with a number about how impressive the show is going to be, and at another point there was a song about how difficult yet admirable it is to be able to masturbate while riding a bike.

Given the name of the show, some of the material was to do with procrastination – I can’t remember how he got there, but part of it involved googling ‘tough cake’. The theme wasn’t particularly solid, but it didn’t need to be. He delivers the laughs with a skill that would make an Icelandic cod fisherman blush.

To be honest I’m struggling to remember the content of the show. Between laughing my way through all of it with a cheesy grin plastered on my face and the Easter chocolate overload, it’s a bit of a blur. You all know what to expect from O’Doherty, right? It’s the middle road reliable nature of the jokes, combined with O’Doherty’s gentle, affable delivery that makes the show such a winner. I mean come on, wanking on a bike… we’ve all been there, right?

David O’Doherty in Seize the David O’Doherty (Carpe DO’Diem) is on at the Melbourne Forum, 7:30pm Tues – Sat, 6:30pm Sun until April 21st.

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