Events - ComedyAlan Carr of the spectacles and sporter of a toothy grin, the Chatty Man himself Alan Carr returns to Dublin in June with a four-night residency at the Olympia Theatre. Since winning the BBC New Comedy Award for Stand-up as well as CityLife Best Newcomer of the Year in 2001, Alan Carr has become a comedy icon on the British and Irish circuit. “Sharp, sassy material with pitch perfect comic timing” The List A true entertainer in the old-school sense, Carr has been cracking up audiences on Friday nights with his BAFTA-award winning chat show Chatty Man since 2009, and the array of lauded Christmas and seasonal specials under his belt have firmly established it as one of the UK and Ireland’s favourite entertainment shows. Don’t miss Alan’s brand new show in the city’s ideal comedy venue, the Olympia Theatre. “Joyous stuff that most of us can relate to without it sounding clichéd, and it is delivered effortlessly by a comedian who owns the space he is working in so much, he could put up a flag” The Independent   Simon Amstell acerbic wit and wide-eyed delivery, comedian Simon Amstell comes to Vicar Street’s intimate surroundings on 20th March. After acclaimed sold-out residencies in New York and London, Simon embarks on his fourth international stand up tour To Be Free, and includes a Dublin date much to the delight of his Irish fans. Boasting intense vulnerability and troubling honesty, Amstell explores freedom, joy, love, death, adventure, art, peace, sex, regret, success, eating, suffering, dreaming, healing, forgiving and more, in this hilarious show. “Simon Amstell has a gift for taking a social norm and gently mocking it until it seems utterly ridiculous. Highly literate... an endearing mixture of offhanded candour and sharp wit. Such ease and understatement makes him very good company” - The New York Times   Milton Jones of BBC’s Mock the Week and purveyor of the absurd, comedian Milton Jones comes to the superb Olympia Theatre this March. “Absurdist one-line masterpieces” The Times A multi-award winning comedian, acclaimed for his stand-up as well as his BBC 4 radio show, Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft looks set to give Dublin a dose of the surreal but hilarious one-liners. “No one can touch Jones when he hits his stride” The Guardian Prepare for thoroughly tickled funny bones.   Breaking Dad O’Carroll-Kelly, the southside’s favourite son, is back with more of the hilarious sell–out hit of the year, Breaking Dad. After standing ovations and rave reviews on its first outing, the show makes a highly anticipated return to The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for two weeks only from Monday 16th until Saturday 28th February 2015. The year is 2022. Ireland is in the midst of an unexpected economic boom. The country’s debts have been repaid in full, people are once again selling houses for five times what they’re worth and Bertie Ahern is set to become Taoiseach again at the age of 71. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is entering his middle years without a care in the world. He’s got a son who’s a professional footballer, a career-minded wife who’s about to land the job of her dreams – and, like good Cognac, his looks just keep improving with age. For Ireland’s most eligible married man, life is good. Until his teenage daughter arrives home from Wesley one night with the captain of the Blackrock College rugby team – and Ross is forced to face up to the lesson that you must reap what you have sown. Paul Howard’s one-of-a-kind character Ross has become the star of a critically acclaimed series of books that satirized Ireland during the years of the boom and have sold close to one million copies in Ireland alone. Starring Rory Nolan as the inimitable Ross and directed by Irish Times Theatre Award winner Jimmy Fay (The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place), Breaking Dad, the third Ross O’Carroll-Kelly stage play, is an absolute must-see. Jimmy Carr an evening of raw wit and serious belly laughs, join Jimmy Carr at the Olympia Theatre from 13th - 15th February for stand-up comedy with a difference. Bringing his brand new tour Funny Business to Irish audiences, don’t miss the opportunity to experience who the Guardian proclaim “A comedy hero for our times” in the flesh. Boasting stand-up achievements such as a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-Up Tour and a prestigious Perrier Award nomination, live comedy is simply what Jimmy does best. “Jimmy Carr is a world-class comedian…I envy his brilliance with words” Independent   Jason Byrne native Jason Byrne brings his madcap comedy stylings to the Pavilion Theatre this January. It has often been said that no two Jason Byrne show are ever the same, and now with his You Name the Show show, this looks set to be proven thanks to the introduction of ‘the wheel of stand up’. An improvised comedy aficionado, Jason (whether daring or plain lazy), is not only letting the audience name the show but he’s also getting them to choose the topics discussed on the night, with a spin of the wheel of random nonsense. The most talked about show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014,  Jason is finally chucking that rule book out for good in this rip-roaring, unpredictable show. "The outright King of live comedy" The Times   Oliver Callan for belly-laughs and a whopping dose of satire as comedian and impersonator Oliver Callan takes to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre with his new live show on 23rd January. Featuring an array of characters across the worlds of sport, politics and entertainment, Callan’s live show follows on from the rip-roaring success of his prime time television and radio shows. The creator of Nob Nation performs an acerbic mix of satire and stand-up comedy on stage, showcasing razor-sharp topicality and featuring guest performances and live music. Callan is a regular visitor to controversy over his portrayals of President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and GAA star Paul Galvin, so expect nothing less than outrageous. Tommy Tiernan the Vicar Street stage once more (practically his second home), Tommy Tiernan brings his new show Out of the Whirlwind to excited audiences this January. A literal whirlwind of Tommy's absurd thoughts and observations, it’s profound, sometimes dark yet always retains those much-needed elements of whimsy too. With his effortless, mesmeric performances Tiernan strives to inject the joyful, uplifting and inspirational into his unfailingly hilarious stand-up. As Pat Collins, director of Tommy’s new European Tour Documentary, Tommy: To Tell You The Truth, says: "There is something zeitgeisty about Tommy. He taps into the wider consciousness and manages to express what some people feel deeply, but might not have an opportunity to express themselves. While always retaining his great charm and roguishness that allows him to say things others just couldn’t get away with". Sure to be bursting with spontaneity, creativity and mighty craic, audiences will marvel in watching this comic do just what he excels at. Dates 2nd - 3rd, 9th - 10th, 16th - 17th and 23rd - 24th January Ponydance present Pony Panto their unique twist on pantomime to the Project Arts Centre this Christmas, renowned comedy dance theatre company Ponydance present Pony Panto. Having enjoyed an exceptional 2014, touring their work from Africa to America, this hilarious, charming and half-naked band of ponies are back with a cracker of a Christmas show. Honing their craft since 2005, Ponydance play to audiences large and small the world over. Lauded as one of Ireland’s quirkiest exports, this fun loving crew have long been local favourites too. “Truly has to be seen to be believed” - Pastiebap Expect all the usual Pony Panto treats plus a few unusual surprises, and a live band featuring some of Belfast’s finest musicians. This Christmas there are a few ponies waiting for you under the mistletoe! Tickets €16 Alan Davies you know him as Jonathan Creek or that curly-haired guy from BBC’s QI, you definitely know that Alan Davies has a wild wit like no other. Catch him at Vicar Street for one night only on 13th December. Following the sell-out success of his long-awaited return to stand up, Alan Davies will bring his highly anticipated follow up show, Little Victories, to tickle the funny bones of the capital. "Alan Davies has lost none of his appeal… heart-tugging and deeply funny" Big Issue With Davies’ virtuoso story-telling style and whip-smart comedy prowess, this is one gig that might just prove unmissable. "One of the best stand-up comics out there… packed with deft silliness and shrewd observation" The Guardian Noel Fielding, surreal and sporting a spiffing barnet, Noel Fielding embarks on his first live tour in five years, bringing An Evening With Noel Fielding to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on 11th-12th December. As one half of the delightfully absurd Mighty Boosh, expect a magical mix of Noel's unique brand of stand-up comedy, live animation, music and some of his best known TV characters, including The Moon and Fantasy Man. With the Perrier Best Newcomer award, The Barry Humphries Award, and The Douglas Adams Award for innovative writing to his credit, Fielding knows just how to make the audiences’ bellies ache and thighs sting from his rip-roaring routine. Support comes in the form of Mike Fielding (The Mighty Boosh’s Naboo and Noel’s brother), as well as the physical lunacy of Tom Meeten (also a Mighty Boosh alumnus). "A Gothic George Best" - Phil Jupitus A cracker of a show with some optional fancy dress, what more could you ask for? Ross Noble man Ross Noble brings his madcap brand of comedy to the Olympia Theatre on 9th December with his brand new tour Tangentleman.  With an on-stage presence like no other, his exuberance, spontaneity and thoroughly cerebral style have established him as one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. Surreal and imaginative an audience in utter fits of laughter is a given at a Noble show. “The wizard-haired Geordie remains in full possession of his nimble-witted, slacker minded improv skills. One of comedy's greatest marvels” Daily Telegraph. “The entire show is a series of you-had-to-be-there moments” Time Out. Funny bones at the ready, Ross Noble is bringing the belly laughs to the capital this December. David O'Doherty your heart out at the musical comedy stylings of David O’Doherty as he brings his show David O’Doherty Has Checked Everything, to Draiocht on 6th December. The forgotten Sugababe and the bad boy of Zumba, David O’Doherty presents a new hour of talking and songs, so take a ride into the Davidzone... One man. One small keyboard. With batteries. And a chair. And a mic. And cables. And a sound system. And then a room, obviously. With more chairs. And a lighting rig. It’s surprising how much stuff is involved, actually. Don’t miss David’s self-proclaimed ‘very low energy musical whimsy’ in this hilarious new show. Tickets Full price €18 Concession €16 John Bishop‘Unimprovable…comedy superstar, *****’ Daily Telegraph 'A fabulously gifted comedian' The Mirror  ‘Bishop has funny bones.’ The Times Ground control to Major John! Strap yourselves in, set doors to manual and cross check, the new John Bishop national tour is preparing for take off! The countdown is on for the launch of John Bishop’s latest national comedy caper! After taking eighteen months off to write his autobiography John is limbering up for his next arena mission, and will be zooming into a venue near you in the autumn of 2014. Set the controls for the heart of the fun! His brand new show SUPERSONIC will be smashing through comedy MACH 3. Get ready for a comic boom of guffaws all the way from Plymouth to Glasgow via Dublin and back again. So – grab your ticket, sit back and prepare for maximum comedy G force!  John is delighted to be getting his stage suit out of the wardrobe again after months wearing out quill after quill putting together his autobiography. Last year John performed to 500,000 people in his sell-out ROLLERCOASTER tour. With its massive helter skelter set and surprise finale the DVD of that show went on to top the charts. This time he is pouring even more rocket fuel into the tank in an attempt to exceed last year’s excitements. This time he is guaranteed to take you to even higher heights! However, before we even get on to the runway with SUPERSONIC John has an appointment with Her Majesty when he will be hosting the Royal Variety Show before Christmas and also hosting his own TV Special on Boxing Day. Before this John starred in ‘John Bishop’s Britain’ (BBC1) and ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking’ (Sky1). He cycled, rowed and ran from Paris to London in his one-off special for Sport Relief ‘John Bishop’s Week of Hell’ (BBC1), and has been a regular on Sky One’s ‘A League of their Own’ as well as hosting 'Live at the Apollo’.  He also created, wrote and starred in Panto! which aired on ITV1, Christmas 2012.  Shortly before this, John took the reins as director and star of his own comedy drama as part of Sky One’s Little Cracker season.  Adding another string to his bow, John has also worked as an actor under the direction of Ken Loach in ‘Route Irish’ and the critically acclaimed Jimmy McGovern’s series 'Accused’. Price: €39.50 Booking:       Frank Skinner’s friendly-faced funny man Frank Skinner brings his critically acclaimed new stand-up show, Man in a Suit, to Vicar Street this December, much to the delight of Dublin fans. Having carved quite a niche on television hosting BBC’s Room 101, Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Year, and not to mention his illustrious pairing with David Baddiel throughout the years, the West Bromwich comedian is even set to guest star in Doctor Who this autumn. ''Exquisite and surprising… highly accomplished and very funny'' The independent On the comedy circuit since 1987, Frank’s live career began when he spent £400 of his last £435 booking a room at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Four years later in 1991 he returned to the city and beat fellow nominees Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard to take home comedy's most prestigious prize, The Perrier Award. ''A beautifully crafted return to stand-up'' The Evening Standard Vicar Street audiences are in for a treat with Frank’s lauded new show seeing him at the top of his game once again, the perfect way to chuckle into the Christmas season. ''Man In A Suit sees the crown prince of laddism grow up'' Metro High Heels in Low Places national treasure, performance legend and accidental activist Panti in her hit comedy High Heels in Low Places, returning to Dublin this December following a sensational (and scandalous) national tour. Charting brushes with infamy, near misses with fame, and adventures in the seedy underbelly, the ‘High Queen of Ireland’ invites you into her ultra-padded, hyper-real, stiletto-shaped world, as she swaps stories from the gutter and trades the secrets of the stars. “Hilarious” Hot Press Come join Auntie Panti as she embraces you in her over-inflated bosom and promises that you can ask her anything… Staged by ThisIsPopBaby, a dynamic and ground-breaking Irish theatre company whose events have played to over 70,000 people in the past seven years, don’t miss the chance to spend an evening with the gloriously irreverent and straight-talking Panti in this outstanding show.  “Wickedly funny” The Independent Tickets Full price €22 Concession €18 Suitable for ages 16+ Photo credit: Fiona Morgan LOL in Naul a night of cracking comedy at the LOL in Naul, Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre on 28th November. A monthly comedy night that features the very best of both up-and-coming and special guest comedians, audiences are sure to be in stitches of laughter. With the evening’s MC none other than the hilarious Gearoid Farrelly; a regular at Irish comedy festivals and touring buddy of PJ Gallagher, Neil Delamere, Maeve Higgins, Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne and Rich Hall; comedy-craving audiences are in capable hands. "To be an audience member in Farrelly's crowd is a joy" Edinburgh Fringe Festival The evening’s line-up is announced closer to the time, so be sure to check out for more details.   Singlehood the fine art of being single at the hilarious and uplifting comedy Singlehood. The fantastic ensemble cast bring real life singleton stories to the stage to funny and devastating effect at the Pavilion Theatre. Boasting seven incredible performers, including comedian Eric Lalor, Singlehood is an exclusive look at the personal triumphs and losses we all experience but seldom articulate. Framed by a stomping single’s soundtrack and original songs by Aidan Strangeman, Singlehood is a celebration of what it means to be single today. Renowned for her documentary theatre practice, writer Una McKevitt in collaboration with writer David Coffey (Dan & Becs, Fade St) interviewed real life singletons to bring their raw and revealing stories as well as those of the cast, uproariously to the stage. "Singlehood really shines in it’s sheer honesty...ridiculous, heartbreaking, hilarious..." The Irish Times. Early bird tickets are available for Wednesday 26th November, €17. The show is suitable for persons aged 15+. Robin Ince: Blooming Buzzing Confusion a dose of science and a dollop of humour? Then make a date with comedian Robin Ince at the Science Gallery this November. In a fast follow up to In (and out of) His Mind, Sony Gold Award-winning comedian and science enthusiast Robin Ince continues to prod into our brains with a sharpened pencil to try and work out just how much free will anyone can have. Is anyone really a freethinker? Looking at Milgram, McLuhan and experiments into the mind, Robin tries to work out if we can arm ourselves against mass media despots and live life pragmatically, or will we always just be clumsy animals justifying each mistake with a well-honed alibi? Well, it will be something like that - basically, another night of shouting, gesticulating, gurning and enquiring - a curious mind and id on the rampage.   One Man Two Guvnors Bean’s award-winning play is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. The acclaimed production is based on Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters and has songs by Grant Olding, performed by The Craze.  The physical comedy director is Cal McCrystal, with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography and associate direction by Adam Penford.   ‘Comic perfection. What are you waiting for? Book Now!’  Price: €18.00 - €48.00 Booking: