Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Mike McCormack

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David Sedaris at the National Concert Hall

imgresSomeone who calls a book Lets Explore Diabetes With Owls has to be worth going to see. David Sedaris ‘played’ to a full house at the National Concert Hall last night. What does a writer do with a full house, we wondered, pre-show. Read? Stand-up? He read, mostly, from his New Yorker essays, to diary entries, to jokes he’s picked up on his travels.

My favourite piece was one he wrote for radio and he has not committed to paper because a lot of the humour depends on the pronunciation of words such as Latino and Nicaragua; you had to have been there! But if you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket, my verdict is that Sedaris is just as funny on the page as off.

(Paula McGrath)