Dara O’Briain: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2005
Roar With Laughter: Hammersmith Apollo, London, 2013
Dara O’Briain: Crowd Tickler: Hammersmith Apollo, London, 2015
The Horne Section Question Sessions: Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh, 2015
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2017
The Greenwich Comedy Festival: Greenwich Park, London, 2020
Return of The Craic Online Comedy Club: Online: 2021
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2021
I have seen fast talking Irish comedian Dara O’Briain several times live on stage. He performed a show live in 2005 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a broken leg and walked on with the aid of a crutch. His solo show Crowd Ticker in 2015 showed off his immaculately funny style of audience participation. He seized on a fact from the audience and ran with it, his mouth and his mind racing ahead, fighting to keep up with each other as he imagines stories about the lives of the people who have paid to see him.
Also, in 2015, the host of TV’s long-running Mock The Week comedy panel show was a surprise guest for The Horne Section and displayed a high general knowledge of music. In 2017. He appeared at Always Be Comedy with a work-in-progress show for his Craic Dealer tour. Brilliant routines included the worst thing anyone has ever done on holiday and worst names rappers give themselves. The audience absolutely loved his down-to-earth charm and wit that night and he has deservedly become one of Britain’s favourite comedians.
O’Briain deservedly headlined a show for the Greenwich Comedy Festival in September 2020. The motormouth comedian raced through an incredible set aiming to finish on the chime of a clock that could be heard across the outdoor socially distanced event. Having not been on stage due to the worldwide pandemic, the comic pulled stories out of thin air that were extremely funny.
The comedian was a special guest for Return of The Craic Online Comedy Club in March 2021. He happily chatted with host Jarlath Regan and entertained the crowd with comic stories about his comic career.
O’Briain returned to live stand-up for Always Be Comedy at The Tommyfield pub in Kennington, London in June 2021. He effortlessly entertained the audience with his quick repartee racing from hilarious story-to-story involving celebrity, culture and life as a father and stand-up. It was a superb twenty minutes full of belly laughs that proved again that he is one of the best current comedians.