Coopers Astor Lounge
Review: Annelies Gartner
It's a little unclear why such a renowned comedian as Dom Irrera felt the need for a warm up act.
Irrera has been doing stand-up for a long time and has appeared on high-rating TV programs such as Letterman, Oprah and Leno.
Taking this into account you wouldn't think he needed someone to warm up the crowd or that he wouldn't have enough material to fill and hour-long set.
Yet the first seven minutes of the show were taken up by the vulgar and devoid-of-comic-timing Sean Conway.
He paused at the all the wrong moments, seemed to lose his train of thought and then expected the audience to find smut funny for the shock value.
Irrera lifted the bar when he took to the stage but wandered between delivering laughs and having a chat with the audience.
There is nothing wrong with audience participation but unfortunately someone in the crowd thought they'd become part of the act.
Irerra engaged with this bloke early in his set and from there on in he imagined that he could interrupt and talk over punchlines.
There's nothing more annoying than an audience member thinking they're funnier the than actual act you've paid to see.
Irrera made several attempts to pull the man into line but he seemed oblivious to the distraction he was creating.
When he was on track Irrera showed he can deliver laughs at a rapid pace and has a knack for impersonation.
I imagine when he hasn't just woken up and there's no disruption from the audience he's a comedic force to be reckoned with.
It's unfortunate that on the night we attended all the laughs didn't line up.