Dara Ó Briain takes Crowd Tickler on tour
The Irish craic dealer talks adlibbing and angel therapists
The king of audience interaction is back, so if you happen to have booked yourself a spot in the front row, prepare to get involved once Irish wag Dara Ó Briain directs his gaze upon you. He describes his renowned bantering with the crowd as ‘a tremendous frisson. It’s like walking a tightrope. The audience love it because they can see you’ve got nothing up your sleeve and that things could very easily go wrong. They realise that this could go anywhere and you’re not given an easy ride.’
None of which means that Ó Briain isn’t a master at carving out excellent touring show scripts. And after critical and popular hits such as Craic Dealer and This is the Show, Crowd Tickler looks like maintaining that excellent run. ‘I’ll be talking about the awkward conversations we’ll have with our grandchildren about all the resources we’ve used up and all the wonderful advances we’ve casually wasted, like Concorde and the space shuttle. I’ll also talk about the angel therapist who is leading a campaign to remove fluoride from the water in Ireland because she thinks it’s poisoning the nation. For sheer energy, you have to admire her campaign.’
Dara Ó Briain is on tour until 28 Nov.