THE REVIEWS are in - and they are not half bad! Four brave Live 95FM presenters took to the stage in a packed Dolan’s Warehouse last week to make their stand-up comedy debuts for charity.
Liam ‘Voice for Radio’ Ahern, Trevor ‘Obit’ Anderson, Denis ‘On the Ball’ Tierney and Eric ‘Bungee’ Clarke admirably performed their very first comedy sketches in the first event of the station’s ‘Living in a Window for Limerick kids’ charity campaign, which kicks off in November.
All of the proceeds from the show will go to the CARI Foundation and the Children’s Ark Unit at the Regional Hospital.
The nervous presenters made a good fist of entertaining a huge crowd in the Warehouse, all acknowledging that it was among the most terrifying experiences of their lives - worse, in Tierney’s case, than having his chest waxed and not nearly as daunting as “running naked up O’Connell Street”, as he promised to do next year.
Sports editor Ahern was up first, thrown to the lions by MC Karl Spain, who chose the running order for the wannabe comics to appear on stage. Though nervous, Ahern quickly relaxed into his - albeit rather short - routine with a blend of graceful, self-deprecating wit.
The effortlessly droll Trevor Anderson was up next, the newscaster winning laughs with his deadpan delivery, his role as reader of obituaries making him, it seems, an expert on local funerals and their salient details.
Denis Tierney was a bundle of nervous energy, exacerbated by the fact that Karl Spain “stole most of my material” and drew some of the biggest laughs of the night with his tales of presenting ‘Agri-View’ on the station.
As a lad from the Fairgreen in the city, he said, he was about as urbane as they come and vividly described asking a farmer what the difference between a bull and a bullock was. Needless to say, the reply wasn’t suitable for air - or indeed print.
The sage news reporter Eric Clarke was the most at ease on the night, clearly relishing his role on stage, reminding the crowd that a good journalist “never lets the truth get in the way of a good story” - a useful skill in Limerick. His skit revolved around a death defying bungee jump in Thailand.
“Has anyone ever bungee jumped before? The usual sound you might hear when bungee jumping is ‘GERONIMO’ or ‘Woo Hoo’... I said a decade of the rosary!” joked Clarke. Cue laughter.
MC and mentor Karl Spain professed himself “very happy and impressed” with the quartet after the event, but the lads are not in any danger of stealing his crown as Limerick’s funniest comic any time soon.