TV Watch with Declan Tierney
Down through the years we have witnessed many bad home-produced comedies and we assumed that the situation could not get any worse.
Then along come The Walshes which is shown on RTE 1 at a time which one would hope that everyone is in bed by then. It is chronic viewing.
It comes with credentials in that it is written by Graham Lenihan who scripted Father Ted but it is dire to say the least. It does not generate even one moment of laughter.
There is one similarity, however, in that the writer found it necessary to create another Father Dougal character for this series but it simply is not working.
The so-called comedy is set in Dublin and involves a taxi driver and his wife who have two grown up children who are living in the homestead.
The daughter has a boyfriend who has just moved in while the son is in his mid-twenties but acts like a giddy teenager. This is where the Father Dougal similarity kicks in. But it is a bit too obvious given who wrote the script.
It doesn’t come much worse than this. It is like having Twink back trying to be funny when she never had a humorous bone in her body. Her own laugh sadly tried to generate humour which it failed to do.
Then we have Brendan O’Carroll who has amazingly found success with Mrs Browne’s Boys which is nearly as bad as this effort. Actually it is between them to determine which is worse.
And now we have The Walshes which is a terrible attempt at humour and thankfully it is only three episodes. Anything more would be an ordeal.
It could not generate a smile if a gun was put to your face. The acting is terrible, the characters are even worse and it has nothing going for it.
There have been many bad comedies produced in this country in the past but this ranks amongst the top of all that is awful. It really should not have seen the light of day.
It centres around a suburban family in Dublin. Maybe the scriptwriters had an eye on The Royle Family when they came up with the idea but it would not lace its boots in that department. This is the ultimate in a comedy howler.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Comedian Shane for city show
Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.
It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.
Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.
Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.
INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall
Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm.
Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.
This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.
Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.
Music festival set to return after a successful debut
Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).
Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.
There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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