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David O’Doherty

In 2008, David O’ Doherty won the top prize at the if.comedy awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his show Let’s Comedy. The award topped off an extremely busy and successful festival for David as he performed in three shows every day for the month. His children’s show, I Can’t Sleep received rave reviews and delighted young audiences and he also performed nightly at The Honourable Men of Art at The Stand. Since then David has completed two tours of the UK as well as performing in Canada as part of the Just For Laughs Comedy Tour and extensively across Australia including at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

After a handful of guest appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks David returned to the show as guest host in November 2010. His other recent television appearances include 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You and Dave’s One Night Stand.

Both books, entitled 100 Facts About Pandas and the follow up 100 Facts About Sharks are available to buy now. In 2009 David released a live CD entitled Let’s David O’Doherty.

David has cemented his reputation as one of the most consistently funny performers at the Fringe with a string of sellout shows. In August 2011 he brought two shows, David O’Doherty is Looking Up and a character piece, David O’Doherty Presents: Rory Sheridan’s Tales of The Antarctica.

David first stepped on stage at Dublin’s Comedy Cellar in 1998. In 1999 he won the Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny award for new comedians and was runner-up in the BBC New Comedy Awards.

His first full show The Story of the Boy Who Saved Comedy was performed at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000 and received a nomination for Perrier Best Newcomer. He has returned to the festival several times, his 2006 show David O’Doherty is My Name garnering a nomination for best show. In 2006 he recorded his first CD Giggle Me Timbers (or Jokes Ahoy!) at home in his flat in front of 35 people. His first television series The Modest Adventures of David O’Doherty was transmitted on RTE in Ireland in 2007.

David has written widely for newspapers and magazines, published a book for children (Ronan Long Gets it Wrong), written a play (Saddled) with Bryan Quinn – the world’s first theatrical production to feature live repair of audience members’ bicycles, and a radio series about bee detectives with his brother Mark (The Bees of Manulla).

David has performed around the world at festivals in Melbourne, Montreal, New York, Prague, Adelaide, Iceland and Wellington.


“When a stand up gig goes this well, you do get a sense of how religions are started” – The Guardian

“This country’s best unassuming comedian…O’Doherty managed to reaffirm a belief in live comedy”Irish Times

“He’s funny, wretched and clever enough to spawn an army of imitators.” - The Age, Melbourne

“His gags are tidy, carefully crafted affairs. His observations are spot on yet inventive”The List

“Has the air of being amiable, carefree and shambolic, which disguises some subtly clever writing. Quietly marvellous songs…Delightful, expertly told anecdotes, rich in descriptive prose”Chortle

“Entertainingly bonkers ditties…As his legions of loyal fans will attest, this thirtysomething Dubliner remains one of the most enjoyably off-the-wall acts on the Fringe”Metro

“Smart, well-judged stuffSweet, simplistic, faux-naif stuff that defies you not to giggle” – The Scotsman


Winner: if. comedy Award 2008
Nominee: Barry Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2007
Nominee: If.Comedy Award 2006
Nominee: Perrier Best Newcomer 2000
Winner: So You Think You’re Funny 1999
Runner-Up: BBC New Comedy Awards

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