The Laughter Lounge, the comedy venue on Eden Quay, is tweaking its menu to explore the audience that watches comedies — and they might be watching something. Lee Coffey’s new script is written for this kind of crowd: people who know comedy want to listen and be there to laugh.
he opens with some funny Dubliners bantz: two guys slapping each other, each claiming to know the true origin story of Irish coffee. Then each person presents their case. Luke Griffin’s version of the drink originated at the Dolphin Hotel in Dublin, invented by owner Michael Nugent. Aidan Moriarty’s story claims Joe Sheridan, a chef working at Foynes Airport in Co Limerick, invented the drink to excite traveling Americans whose flights were turned back by hurricanes. . As each actor leads their version, the other plays all the minor parts; we have cameos from Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill and many other local characters.
The storm on the plane was especially funny. Finally, the audience can vote on which version they believe is correct. Then a waiter tries to break the world record for making Irish latte in less than three minutes. It came in at number 39. The audience was very supportive of this, cheering and clapping.
Director Tracy Ryan keeps the pace fast and the energy high with hats, scarves and mustaches that help create lots of crowds; The actors serve this style with great enthusiasm and skill. Peter O’Mahony’s setting is made of revolving apartments and it’s interesting to have entrances and exits. Convenient hinged flaps take us from the Dublin hotel to Limerick airport elegantly. Too bad the script wasn’t a bit better. The visuals are good, the plot is good, but need a few more interesting lines. It relies a bit too much on clichés, such as “men are men and sheep worry”. It needs another spin in the writers’ room.
An Irish coffee is served along with the ticket and custom chocolate bars are placed on the table. The audience was mostly under 35 years old and all had fun. Comedy and theater are twin art forms, and this versatile style makes for a perfect at-home feel at this venue.
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