By Natasha Lewin
After a years-long stint away from the self-deprecating life of a stand-up comic, Owen Dara makes it back to the stage with a crowd-pleasing journey through his life in the solo comedy Two Pint Wonder. A clean comic with a dirty penchant for Irish stereotypes, Dara recalls his childhood on the Emerald Isle with fond memories of his alcoholic father, tough-as-nails mother, and suicidal tendencies as a teen. With unabashed honesty and a genuine ease behind the microphone, likeable Dara appears as if his material were more off the cuff than off the page.
But it’s not all one-liners and rimshots. As a longtime musician, Dara incorporates his love of music to deliver an array of well-timed timed jokes through the combination of audience participation and song. Strumming his acoustic guitar, Dara croons over ex-girlfriends and unrequited love, guiding the punchlined chorus with the help of the house.
The Irishman’s Jeff Foxworthy, Dara both roasts and toasts the two nations he calls home, showcasing the many hilarious and confusing differences he’s encountered since immigrating to America. From common misunderstandings to embarrassing admissions, Dara leaves no Blarney Stone unturned. Owen Dara effortlessly weaves the dichotomy of humor and strife into all his many colorful stories.
Two Pint Wonder runs every Sunday at 8 p.m. from April 7 through April 28 at The Renegade Theater located at 1514 N. Gardner St. (corner of Gardner and Sunset). Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at twopintwonder.eventbrite.com. Running time is one hour.