Comedians often strut around the Fringe being offensive for the sake of it. Much of the time this provokes an audience reaction funnier than the actual joke, or simply grabs a headline. Thankfully Nick Doody understands this, and while much of his material touches on risky subjects, it is in an intelligent way and never degenerates into mere shock humour.
The audience I sat with were a fairly diverse bunch anyway, providing a good litmus test for the appeal of Doody. Middle aged women, various foreigners, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters: all seemed quite willing to laugh at the
Doody explores a range of ideas from driving instructors,
As a result we have a comedian who can mix of self-deprecation with cutting observations. All this is topped by an intelligent and often wandering mind, which seems to stumble on new jokes while on stage. This is comedy with a very contemporary blend of sharp observations and risky humour, which manages to be massively entertaining.