Dara O’briain at Kings Theatre, Southsea

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Craic dealer Dara left an audience in stitches, and made 1,500 new friends in the process.

His connection with the audience was total and you get the impression every show he does is unique because of the way he sparks off ideas and comments from the floor of the theatre.

Asking people what they do for a living is old hat, and Dara is quite candid that, as a touring stand-up comic, he has little idea or interest in how others make a living.

But he can weave an entire comic interlude around a snippet of conversation with an engineering student in the third row or a steel fixer nearby.

His thoughts on children’s nativity plays had me breathless with laughter as he invited suggestions for plots that would be more appealing to mums and dads – anyone for Die Hard, or Inception for infants?

Dara’s a comic in his prime and anyone who loves to laugh should see him.