Totally Wired brought their Reunion, Farewell, Welfare tour to the Academy last Saturday 26th May and I was there to see what kind of crazy antics this energetic duo would inflict upon their audience. This was not my first time to see Emmet and Lorcan perform their unique brand of ‘muse-omedy’ (they were finalists in the IMCA’s and are regulars around the Dublin comedy scene) so I knew to expect lots of clever songs with hilarious lyrics and I was not disappointed!
It’s a pity the lads didn’t manage to fill the venue but they didn’t let the empty seats deter then from pumping their show full of just as much energy and enthusiasm as they usually have. The night began with a guest spot from ‘The Boston Asals’, a somewhat familiar looking duo, whose traditional Irish songs had the audience laughing out loud from the beginning of their set. Perhaps it’s just because of my culchie roots but I was particularly in stitches throughout the very catchy, and apt, ‘Feck You’; genius!
Up next was the very entertaining Danny O’Brien, who soon had the crowd laughing and groaning in equal measure with his well told and highly entertaining stories. Danny was a little shouty for my liking but it was evident that he was enjoying every second on stage which only made him more endearing to the audience. Danny was very personable on stage and he did a great job keeping the crowd’s energy up with his hilarious take on situations we’re all familiar with, like embarrassing friends, in the build up to the main act of the night ‘Totally Wired’. (If you want to check out Danny in all his comedy glory for yourself pop over to his facebook page where you’ll find details of his upcoming gigs)
Emmet and Lorcan opened their set with the title track of the tour ‘A Sperm’s Tail’ and the controversial choice of songs which followed encompassed everything from organ donation to clampers, Jesus to Star Wars. Songs old and new received copious amounts of laughter from the crowd, with their well-known and always well received, Footloose cover version rendering a few audience members slightly hysterical! Totally Wired are without question among the best acts that musical comedy have to offer right now. With intelligent jokes intricately woven into catchy melodies and a comedic chemistry between the duo that’s infectious it’s hard not to find yourself laughing and singing along with Totally Wired. They even received a standing ovation and there aren’t too many comedians, musical or otherwise, who can lay claim to that achievement!
So if you want a fun night out I suggest you check the lads out here for details of their upcoming gigs, you’ll be glad you did