So often I’m disappointed by stand-up comedy – I’ve watched and listened to so much. I spent my teenage years going over and over anything and everything by Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin and Robin Willliams (and Bill Cosby) and all of that only sent me off in other directions to find George Carlin and Robert Klein and so many other things. So, anyway, much as I’m a comedy fan I don’t just go along to be “entertained” and have a (cheap) laugh. I’m a pretty tough critic of comedy; I expect a lot.
Tommy Tiernan was good. I liked him. And I was pretty wrapped to see this gig because I had seen him when he was (sorta) a nobody. In his earlier days I saw him as part of a package-deal bill at a small club in around 1996/97 – I don’t remember much about that show but I remember all three comics were English or Irish and all three were good. The only name I remember though was Tommy Tiernan. I mentioned him to people after that – often. Wanted to know if he had kicked on and kept going – and then the internet taught me that he had. And I watched a bit more of his stuff and saw he had become a big deal.
This, his Designer Wino show was dark and brutal and that’s (often) the sort of comedy I love. The dark night of the soul stuff – delivered by dark knights of the soul. Anyway, it was cool to see him in a big theatre, all these years after first seeing him. And he was good. Very good.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.