David McSavage wants it darker

The comedian has spent his career walking the tightrope between visionary and attention-seeking edgelord. Embracing the darkness, he says, appeals to him more than trying to become a better person

26th January, 2020
David McSavage wants it darker
David McSavage. “The kind of person who wants to be a politician shouldn’t be a politician.” Picture: Maura Hickey

Boundaries in comedy are always shifting. You might argue they’re put up in the first place just to be torn down again. One comedian who spends much of his time ambling along the invisible line between satire and offence is David McSavage.

“The offence thing is funny, because I realised recently that nothing needs to be done. It’s a self-contained, little thing,” McSavage tells me backstage at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. His new show,...

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