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Ian O'Doherty: Not even Jesus in a nappy can get the Irish riled up these days

Published 04/11/2011 | 05:00

Well, it looks like we might have made it after all. And to what do I refer? The economic crisis? Interest rates? The fact that the Greek Prime Minister seems to have had a full-on mental collapse and is now in the process of trying to destroy his country with the same zeal showed by Hitler in his bunker?

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No, I'm not referring to any of these trifling matters -- I am, of course, talking about the Irish staging of Jerry Springer: The Opera, an Irish production of the Stewart Lee musical that is, quite possibly, the single most controversial stage show in history.

As you may know, Stewart Lee is a comedian -- and a rather bloody brilliant one, at that -- who specialises in mocking people's sincerely held beliefs and deeply offending them. In other words, he specialises in making people think about their deeply held beliefs and as we have seen with the likes of George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Chris Rock and even our own Tommy Tiernan, people tend to get rather angry and confused when a mere 'comedian' dares to force them to confront these said beliefs.

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