We were watching Tim Minchin on the telly back in July and just for the laugh Googled him to see if he was playing anytime soon. We were heading up to Dublin for the U2 concert on the Saturday and sure enough Tim Minchin was playing on Sunday as part of the Carlsberg Comedy Festival. I don’t think much needs to be said about this genius except to say that his show absolutely wowed us.
As if the musical comedic delights of Tim Minchin weren’t enough for us, Des Bishop was the 2nd headliner on the bill. I’ve never seen Des live but I’ve enjoyed his shows on telly, each concept show getting that bit more involved and entertaining. He’s got a certain stage presence and while he didn’t play any instrument, he toyed with the audience. In particular, one lady who wanted to take part in the show after one too many glasses of wine. Her “I paid for you” comment was the ultimate invitation to take the complete mickey out of her and Des obliged to everybody’s delight except hers. Is binn béal ina thost, as the good man would say himself.
Michael Mee was the MC for the evening. The Corkman did a fine job of getting the crowd in the mood with his self-deprecating style. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in action doing his own show.
There was a great buzz around the Iveagh Gardens where the festival was held.