David O'Doherty is the stage name of David
O'Doherty: comedian, flanneur and 1990 East Leinster
under 14 triple jump bronze medalist.
He was born in Dublin at the end of 1975. He wanted
to become a professional cyclist, then a professional
jazz musician, but an almost complete lack of talent
in these areas meant that he became a professional telemarketer,
ringing up strangers to ask them to rate things out
Then in 1998 he did his first open spot at the now
defunct Norseman Comedy Club in Dublin's unfortunate
Temple Bar district. In 1999 he travelled to the Edinburgh
Festival Fringe for the first time and was lucky enough
to win the Channel 4 So You Think You're Funny? new
act competition and with it a huge cardboard cheque
with £1500 written on it. Somebody told him it
was legal tender, so he took it into a bank which made
the cashier almost weep with laughter. Seriously, she
got the other people from round the back to come out
and laugh at me. That's the main thing he remembers
In 2000 he wrote a book for children, Ronan Long Gets
it Wrong that Mammoth Storybooks in London published.
He performed his first full show The Story of the Boy
Who Saved Comedy at the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringes
where it received a nomination for Perrier Best Newcomer.
It was a long winded narrative about a boy searching
to find the jokes to put in his father's Christmas crackers
that should probably have been another children's book
rather than a show for grown ups. Some nights it really
worked and they were among the most fun nights he has
had in comedy. Other nights it tanked. Absolutely tanked.
Once, during the Edinburgh run the entire audience of
five people, all of whom had won their tickets through
a radio giveaway, walked out.
He spent 2001 contemplating whether he really wanted
to be a stand up comedian and cycling in France. He
wrote some cartoons for German children's television
and a book that is still on his computer. He did a university
stand up tour with Noel Fielding where, one night, the
audience hated them so much, a man shouted, "STOP
CONFUSING ME." All in all, a tricky time.
But then in 2002 he went to Edinburgh with a new show
"small things", met comedians such as John
Oliver, Bret McKenzie, Taika Cohen, Andy Zaltzman, Josie
Long, Jemaine Clement and Daniel Kitson each doing wonderful
and unique things, and decided that he definitely did
want to be a stand up comedian.
At the end of 2002 he performed Saddled with his friend
Bryan Quinn at Project Arts Centre in Dublin. It is
the first theatrical show anywhere ever to feature live
repair of audience member's bicycles.
03/04 were spent travelling around to festivals in
Melbourne, Montreal, New York, Kilkenny and Edinburgh.
Gerry Mallon gave him his first headline spot at the
Comedy Club in Galway and he supported musical acts
such as David Kitt and some jazz artists. He wrote a
radio series The Bees of Manulla with his brother Mark
for Irish radio which ended up being horribly recorded
and sounding terrible. He wrote a new stand up comedy
show David O'Doherty Creates Something New Under the
Sun which was based on a short story he had written
about a lobster called Shelly. Recently animator Johnny
Kelly has made a much better version of it as an animated
short film. You'll find it here: http://www.flasher.com/view_video.php?profile_id=447
In 2005 he supported Tommy Tiernan and Rich Hall on
tours of Ireland and the UK. He learned a lot from them.
His 2006 show David O'Doherty is my name was nominated
for the if.comedy Award at The Edinburgh Fringe and
was performed in Dublin, Melbourne and New Zealand.
He recorded his first live album in front of 35 people
in his flat. That autumn he toured America with Demetri
2007 saw his first major Irish tour and a series of
documentaries, The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty
on Irish television. As a part of the series he released
a single, Orange which reached number 30 in the Irish
charts. This was regarded as a failure as the aim had
been to get it to 27. The series was directed by John
Carney, who was just finishing the film Once which would
go on to win the Oscar for best song. There have been
several mix-ups where people thought Orange had won
an Oscar. Orange has not yet won an Oscar.
In 2008 his new stand up show Let's Comedy was performed
in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and at the Edinburgh
Fringe, where it received the if.com Award for Best
Show. That Autumn he toured across Canada with the Just
For Laughs Roadshow, at one stage getting so drunk he
made out with an actual frozen fish. There is a picture
of this on the internet. He also performed his first
play for kids I CAN'T SLEEP with Maeve Higgins.
2009 saw the launch of the book 100 Facts About Pandas,
co-written with his friends Mike Ahern and Claudia O'Doherty.
There's a great website for it here:www.100factsaboutpandas.com
. It came out in America in 2010 and was followed in
2011 by 100 Facts About Sharks. That has a good website
too: www.100factsaboutsharks.com . He also appeared
in a feature film A Film With Me in It with his brother
Mark and Dylan Moran and did lots of comedy gigs, including
his first major UK tour. He recorded a new album Let's
David O'Doherty in Dublin.
Since that time he has been appearing occasionally
on UK television on shows such as QI, Have I Got News
For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Would I Lie to You. He
is least famous person ever to have hosted an episode
of Nevermind the Buzzcocks. He is the occasional third
wheel on the 2 Episodes of Mash radio show on BBC Radio
In 2011/2012 he performed his first character show Rory
Sheridan's Tales of the Antarctica in Edinburgh, Dublin
and Melbourne. In June 2012 he became the first Irish
comedian to have their own Comedy Central Presents show
on US television.
He has written a new stand up comedy show David O'Doherty
Will Try to Fix Everything that he will tour into 2014.
He is writing a new children's book and has got back