When I saw that Humourisms.com was to present a show during the 10 Days in Dublin festival I immediately wanted to go. As a fan of the website which you can see here, I was intrigued as to what each of the comedians could bring to the gig.
The gig began with Conor O’Toole introducing the announcer Kevin Lockard who then introduced the hosts for the evening, Damon Blake and George Fox. Damon and George described themselves as nerds, maintained that the gig would be very nerdy and even went as far as describing the host of comedians who we would see during the evening as the villains of Irish comedy. Really? I’m not entirely sure of that! They discussed everything from porn on the internet (we even saw a video of George explaining his porn addiction) to being Irish, this brought Kevin Lockard on stage to talk about his experiences of Ireland. Kevin had some funny material, some of it predictable including the old staple Irish drinking culture and the tracksuit wearing young people. For some of his set I found myself looking at Damon and George’s reactions (who had stayed on stage during his performance) which were funnier than what Kevin was saying.
Next up was The Glen Coco Experience. These were a strange sketch group. They started off well with a joke solo done by David and a punch line solo done by Conor which was quite amusing, they then did an audience participation sketch which had the audience laughing along but their last sketch got lost somewhere between the stage and the audience.
Kieran Lawless was a surprise comedian on the night. He did a short set. He had a mixed reaction from the crowd to his tales of being picked up at various places in Dublin and Galway. Tips from Kieran….if you want to catch him the best place to do this is a bus stop!
Giles Brody graced the stage next. He was given a big introduction by the lads so I was expecting big things from him. I was a little disappointed I have to say. He was awkward on stage and was more times than not met with silence from the audience. He used his phone as a prompt for his material which would have been fine if it wasn’t used as much as it was. His parting words were “you can’t groan if it’s brilliantly clever….”
David Reilly was up next with a declaration that he doesn’t drink and has often drunk a cup of tea on stage. This I must admit I kinda loved. However I think David may have alienated a lot of his audience with some of his set based around video games. He tried audience interaction with this and it was clear that only a few people were interested in or knew what he was talking about.
Kevin came back and this time was armed with a PowerPoint presentation on the Internet. This was hilarious. He told some essential facts, for instance 17% of the internet is made up of cute things and sexy girls who wanna sleep with you. Also Humourism is going to take over the internet one day. You have all been warned.
Conor O’Toole closed the show with a genius idea to make up for the fact that he really doesn’t do audience interaction very well, let’s just say there were ear phones involved. Conor is a unique comedian, he has some great material and when delivered well like it was at this gig it really works and keeps the audience laughing.
Overall the gig was a very fun one to watch. There were some dull moments, there were some very funny moments and there are some moments which I am sure I would like to forget (like the image of George Fox watching porn!). If you would like to catch any of the lads you can find them individually on Facebook or you can catch them over on Humourisms.com