In 1998 David did his first open spot at the now defunct Norseman Comedy Club in Dublin’s unfortunate Temple Bar district. In 1999 he travelled to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time and was lucky enough to win the Channel 4 So You Think You’re Funny? In 2000 he wrote a book for children, “Ronan Long Gets it Wrong” that Mammoth Storybooks in London published. He performed his first full show “The Story of the Boy Who Saved Comedy” at the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringes where it received a nomination for Perrier Best Newcomer. In 2001 he did a university stand up tour with Noel Fielding. In 2002 he went to Edinburgh with a new show “small things” and performed “Saddled” with his friend Bryan Quinn at Project Arts Centre in Dublin. 03/04 he spent travelling around to festivals in Melbourne, Montreal, New York, Kilkenny and Edinburgh. Gerry Mallon gave him his first headline spot at the Comedy Club in Galway and he supported musical acts such as David Kitt. He wrote a radio series “The Bees of Manulla” with his brother Mark for Irish radio.
He wrote a new stand-up comedy show “David O’Doherty Creates Something New Under the Sun” which was based on a short story he had written. In 2005 he supported Tommy Tiernan and Rich Hall on tours of Ireland and the UK. His 2006 show “David O’Doherty is my Name” was nominated for the if.comedy Award at The Edinburgh Fringe and was performed in Dublin, Melbourne and New Zealand. He recorded his first live album and in autumn he toured America with Demetri Martin. 2007 saw his first major Irish tour and a series of documentaries, “The Modest Adventures of David O’Doherty” on Irish television. As a part of the series he released a single, “Orange” which reached number 30 in the Irish charts. In 2008 his new stand up show “Let’s Comedy” was performed in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada and at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it received the if.com Award for Best Show.
That autumn he toured across Canada with the Just For Laughs Road Show. He also performed his first play for kids “I Can’t Sleep” with Maeve Higgins. 2009 saw David appear in a feature film “A Film With Me in It” along with his brother Mark and Dylan Moran and did lots of comedy gigs, including his first major UK tour. He recorded a new album “Let’s David O’Doherty” in Dublin.
In 2011/2012 he performed his first character show Rory Sheridan’s Tales of the Antarctica in Edinburgh, Dublin and Melbourne. In June 2012 he became the first Irish comedian to have their own Comedy Central Presents show on US television.