There was a fantastic reaction to the first episode of the ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show’ which aired last Saturday on RTE One. It was a big hit with audiences and critics alike, with the Irish Independent saying ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show has shaped up into the best Irish chat show in years‘
Brian Lloyd from entertainment.ie said ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show’ flies in the face of several conventions of chat show TV. For one, Tommy Tiernan never knows who’s coming out to talk to him. This means every single one of his questions is on the fly, as he reacts and thinks of them, allowing for a more natural flow of conversation. So often, chat shows are remembered by the moments in which there’s an off-kilter moment that nobody plans for. A question will be asked that sparks an unexpected response, a joke may not land in the way it’s expected, or even an audience reaction will be provoked when unintended.’The Tommy Tiernan Show’ lives in that zone in every episode, allowing for an authentic experience that is so desperately lacking in most TV today.
Peter Crowley in The Irish Times said of the shows premise ‘The effect is electric, not because it is a masterclass in improvisation, but for the same reason a tightrope walker becomes more riveting without a safety net. More to the point, this is how people reveal themselves; not in prepared confessions but by gradually discarding their carapaces, not in straight lines but circles.In Tiernan, they all find someone who seems a rare breed in contemporary talk shows – a genuine listener. What does it say about the format, that this refreshing approach seems like the riskiest strategy of all?’
The show got a great response on Twitter as well and Joe.ie have collated some of the best reactions here