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David O’Doherty: ‘The housing situation is just so preposterous — it doesn’t have to be that way’

In his new Channel 4 show, Along for the Ride, comedian David O’Doherty hits the road with celebrity guests. Here he talks about his lifelong love of bikes, the paralysis in Irish politics, being relatable, and getting back to stand-up after lockdown

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David O'Doherty hosts new Channel 4 show Along for the Ride. Picture: Ryan McNamara

David O'Doherty hosts new Channel 4 show Along for the Ride. Picture: Ryan McNamara

David O’Doherty

David O’Doherty

David O’Doherty

David O’Doherty

David O’Doherty with Grayson Perry

David O’Doherty with Grayson Perry

David O’Doherty at the Blue Dot Festival, Manchester in 2018

David O’Doherty at the Blue Dot Festival, Manchester in 2018

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David O'Doherty hosts new Channel 4 show Along for the Ride. Picture: Ryan McNamara

“In the late 1980s, Ireland had the number one and number two ranked cyclists in the world, and I was definitely going to be the next Irish person to win the Tour de France. 100pc. Guaranteed. Nailed on,” says David O’Doherty, explaining the depth and duration of his commitment to cycling. “Then a thing happened in cycling in the 1990s, where it was gradually revealed that every single one of your heroes was on drugs. So I turned away from the professional sport, but the love of bicycles remained.”

Only second to his comically tiny keyboard, bikes have become synonymous with O’Doherty. It isn’t a rare occurrence in Dublin to catch sight of the comedian zipping by on his bike, and it’s still his preferred mode of transport for gigs. On stage, the many woes of a cyclist’s life is a recurring theme. 


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