Frank Coughlan: 'Reading from the gospel of the self-righteous'
Surfing television channels on a typical Saturday night is a truly bleak pastime. The chances of finding anything worth cuddling up with are as remote as coming across a busy off-licence in downtown Riyadh.
But if you stumbled into RTÉ One by chance over the weekend you would have come across a very singular cultural oddity: The 'Brendan Howlin Variety Show'. Or the Labour Party Conference, as the 'RTÉ Guide' would have it.
No podium, no sharing the platform with his comrades. Instead Brendan worked the stage like a stand-up comic, except without any funny bits. Not intentional funny bits anyway.