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The Secret Reviewer #28: Please Lower Your Expectations

Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Hype and hopes can ruin everything.

There's a memorable song that opens one of David O'Doherty's fine specials/albums, called (Please, Please) Lower Your Expectations, which acts as both a rousing opener and a handy bit of admin about how the show will work, and what your hopes should be: don't expect it to be awesome, essentially. As DO'D sings:

"It happens sometimes when you go to see bands; we do not want an anti-climax on our hands."

That may sound like...

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