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Dapper Laughs has shot to fame on YouTube with a modern bawdy and sexist humour and it won’t be long before he’s all over our TV screens.
Real name Daniel O’Reilly, Dapper is the latest huge internet sensation, known for his crude comedy videos which are largely making fun of women.
Web comedy star Dapper falls victim to copious amounts of criticism for relying on sexual innuendos and school playground-esque ‘your mum’ jokes.
Dapper Laughs found fame on Vine and boasts a devoted and somewhat crazy fan base, which grows daily, with more than 800,000 likes on Facebook and 200,000 followers on Twitter.
His most shocking and admittedly amusing achievement to date is his debut single, which is uncomfortably controversial and reached number 15 in the official UK charts, without any radio play or promotion whatsoever.
The vulgar song (you can only imagine how the lyrics go) performed well in the charts simply through the support of army of screaming fans – much to the disappointment of the head radio executives.
After experiencing all this unavoidable social media hype, we decided to go along to one of his gigs to get a grasp of the real Dapper Laughs.
Seel Street was buzzing with swarms of excitable individuals as we arrived outside the popular East Village Arts Club in Liverpool.
There was a fairly even ratio of girls and boys eagerly waiting to get in – there were some concerns that it might be full of misogynistic men, but it was a pleasant surprise to see many members of both sexes laughing along and taking Dapper’s jokes in good humour.
The sell-out show was a great success, with the down to earth Cockney taking heckles from over excited audience on the chin and replying with quick wit.
Dapper Laughs’ target market was clear when looking around, with the 18 to 30 generation engulfing the room.
The stage was simple, with nothing but the young comedian standing alone with the occasional burst from a lonely smoke machine in the corner; this however, meant we were able to focus solely on his material.
All jokes in the hour long set won ample applause, and I personally left with a sore stomach from laughing.
It is clear to see that Dapper does not take himself seriously, as we got treated to a rendition of his hilariously crude chart topping single at the end of the gig, despite his clear lack of vocal talent, with almost all of the audience singing along and creating a somewhat electric atmosphere.
All in all, I would highly recommend Dapper Laughs to anyone who doesn’t easily take offence and sees the lighter side of mild and sexist humour. Just maybe leave your grandma at home!