A man in a field telling stories. No ordinary field. No ordinary stories. Tommy Tiernan, live beneath the stars in County Cork.
In Celtic mythology a ‘Stray Sod’ or ‘Foidin Mara’ was an enchanted piece of grass whereby if a person steps on one, they will become disorientated and lost, even in familiar surroundings. It is said that wearing an item of clothing inside-out breaks the enchantment allowing the person to find their way again. ‘Stray Sod’ is also the title of Tommy Tiernan’s brand new DVD. Uplifting, joyous, inspirational, Tommy is a man who leaves nothing in the dressing room.
Pat Collin’s, Director of Tommy’s new European Tour Documentary “Tommy: To Tell You The Truth” recently said “There is something zeitgeisty about Tommy. He taps in to the wider consciousness and manages to express what some people feel deeply but might not have an opportunity to express themselves while always retaining his great charm and roguishness that allows him to say things others just couldn’t get away with”
There’s unlikely to be a more compelling stand-up out there today, with this show giving us all the sides of Tiernan, profound, dark, and silly too, his performance mesmerises in a way that is joyful, uplifting, inspirational and most importantly always breathtakingly funny.
Tommy’s “Crooked Man” international tour received rave reviews. The gloriously funny and life affirming material signalled the comedian at his finest. And so, for this particular performance Tommy wanted to do something special, something that had never been done in Ireland before and was true to the art of stand up, to shoot a stand up comedy show on film. In collaboration with British director Richard Ayoade (Writer and Director of “Submarine”, who also plays Maurice Moss in C4’s the IT Crowd) Tommy returned to an intimate venue that has played a big part of his career, City Limits, Cork. This performance, recorded on more than eight motion film cameras, perfectly captures the passion and vitality of Tommy’s intimitable live show where themes are explored that will make you laugh harder than you’d ever believe possible.
Recorded in 2011.
“He’s so good it’s scary” – The Irish Times
“We’re in the hands of a master here” – The Guardian
“An eye for surreal details of which Flann O’Brien and Samuel Beckett would have been proud” – The Stage
“He takes the audience by the hand and leads them into the devilish wonderland of his mind – breathtakingly good!” – The Independent
“Perfect in its furious execution – if only all stand-up were this good” – Chortle.co.uk
Recorded in 2011.