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Donohue looks to tickle South Point's funny bone

Sep. 13, 2009 @ 10:55 PM

SOUTH POINT -- If there had been an offspring of George Carlin and Andrew Dice Clay, comedian Denis Donohue says he would've been it.

"I've always thought of myself as the bastard child of the two," said Donohue, in a recent phone interview.

Donohue's comedy has been featured by National Lampoon, the Howard Stern Show, Bob & Tom and both Sirius and XM radios.

Donohue will appear at Whiskey River Saloon in South Point at 7:30 p.m. today, Sept. 14.

Despite his young age (32), Donohue is a veteran of the comedy circuit and is a favorite on the stages of New York City's comedy clubs. Donohue performs annually at 50 colleges and universities and is the defending champion of the Connecticut Comedy Festival.

"On a fluke, I heard about this festival and I was able to beat out 440 hopefuls," said Donohue, adding he prefers entering comedy festivals to reality programs such as "Last Comic Standing."

Donohue made his national television debut last year on ABC's "Barbara Walters Special," which he described as the coolest moment so far in his career.

"To be able to write jokes for that and be accepted was an honor," he said.

The Whiskey River Saloon appearance is, Donohue said, his favorite type of comedy show.

"The good part about shows that aren't in comedy clubs is that I have more of an opportunity for interaction with the crowd," he said. "Personally, I like it when I can go off-script. I can have more fun with the audience in this type of show."

His debut CD "Unholy War" has been called "Unrepentantly Funny" by Comedywise and can be found on Internet music sites such as iTunes.com, and in the comedy section of your local music store.

For more information, call 740-377-9077.

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