Events - ComedyBreaking 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. 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 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? 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:       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+. 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:   Lee Evans – Monsters from €39.50 including booking fee go on sale on Monday 20th May at 9.00am Wired and Wonderful was huge… XL was big… BIG was even bigger… Roadrunner was record breaking… and now the legendary Lee Evans embarks on his most ambitious tour to date. Monsters is Lee’s amazing new show with over 50 nights in the biggest arenas in Ireland and the UK. Lee will be playing to more fans than ever on this hotly anticipated tour. Lee’s manic energy, uncanny observations, hilarious delivery and side-splitting material have made his live performances a must-see for comedy fans worldwide. His tours and DVD releases year-on-year continue to smash sales and box office records. From 2002 to 2011 alone he has performed to over 1,605,000 people through his four live arena shows (‘Wired & Wonderful’ - 2002, ‘XL’ - 2005, ‘Big’ 2008, ‘Roadrunner’ 2011). In 2011 Lee embarked on a 67 arena date tour, which included a staggering six nights at both the O2 and Wembley Arenas, played to a sell-out 600,000 people across 16 arena stages throughout the UK and Ireland. First day sales saw an amazing 227,424 tickets sold and firmly established Roadrunner as the fastest and biggest day one selling UK comedy tour of all time. The release of Roadrunner in 2011 was groundbreaking as the first ever 3D stand-up comedy DVD. His previous DVD release in 2008 ‘Big – Live At the 02’ broke all previous stand-up DVD sales records when it sold a staggering 259,399 during its first week and became the biggest week one release for a non film DVD of all time – a record it still holds today! In September 2011 Lee’s autobiography The Life Of Lee was released becoming a number one bestseller and making the top 30 bestselling books of 2011. Lee Evans has won many accolades in the comedy world including ‘Special Contribution To Comedy’ Award at The British Comedy Awards 2011, the highly coveted ‘Perrier Award’ and the Time Out Award for Comedy. He has experienced huge success as an international film star in The Martins (2001), There’s Something About Mary (1998), The Fifth Element (1997), Mouse Hunt (1998) and Funny Bones (1995). In addition to his film work, Lee has also appeared on BBC ONE in his own sitcom series Lee Evans- So What Now? and he appeared in the 2009 Doctor Who Easter special (BBC ONE), where he played an evil Welsh scientist, again to much critical acclaim. During the past six years Lee has received rave reviews for his West-End theatre roles. These include; Samuel Beckett's Endgame alongside the legendary Michael Gambon, Mel Brooks’ musical The Producers with Nathan Lane plus the Harold Pinter play The Dumb Waiter, with Jason Isaacs, where he received the London Theatregoers’ Choice Award. In September of this year, Lee will return to treading the boards of the West End, starring alongside Sheila Hancock and Keeley Hawes in Clive Exton’s new play Barking In Essex at The Wyndham’s Theatre in London. "The must see comedy event of the autumn"  Daily Telegraph "Stand-up doesn't get much bigger" Evening Standard "A master of large-scale comedy" The Guardian "If comedy is the new rock 'n' roll, then behold the new Elvis Presley" The Sun Ticket Information: In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide By Telephone (24 Hour): ROI - 0818 719 300, Northern Ireland - 0844 277 44 55 Buy Online: Show 8pm sharp – over 15’s. Des Bishop: Coming Home spending over a year in China comedian Des Bishop is coming home, and boy does he have some fun stories to tell… Divulging all about his eastern experiences and told in his trademark style, Des recounts his month-long stint working in a restaurant in the North East, his attempts at finding a wife in a Marriage Park, and a few tales from the journeys he made with Leo his co-worker from the Abrakebabra days. From the things he missed (democracy, milk, sarcasm), to the things he learned (Mandarin and more) Des is just dying to share it all with his audience, and share it in uncensored English too. Absence makes the heart grow funnier, so come and check out this unique show. Omid Djalili wonderfully subversive actor, comedian and writer Omid Djalili brings his acclaimed brand of stand-up to The Olympia Theatre this November with his uproarious show Iranalamadingdong. Lauded for his legendary performances, the award-laden comedian arrives on Irish shores following a sell-out four week West End residency and a hugely successful Edinburgh Festival season. "Right now, the Iranian Djalili is probably one of the most subversive, let alone funniest, comedians around" - Guardian. "To carve yourself out a career as the thinking person's Iranian comedian in this political climate takes a fine brain and a masterful way with the audience. There is no question that Omid Djalili possesses both" - Sunday Times. Winner of a Time Out and EMMA award, as well as a Best Actor award from the Turin Film Festival for his lead role in The Infidel, Djalili never fails to have audiences in hysterics. Dublin should prepare to have its funny bone thoroughly tickled. Todd Barry York City’s Todd Barry, best known for his bongo-playing role as the ‘Third Conchord’ on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, and as Mickey Rourke’s deli boss in 2009 Oscar-winner The Wrestler, is renowned for his nuanced, measured, and thoroughly original approach to stand-up. Enjoy his deadpan self-deprecation live at The Sugar Club on 23rd October. With an unrivalled ability to pile punchline upon punchline, his decidedly low-key stage persona belies a deeply intelligent, often biting, occasionally absurdist world-view, one lauded by discerning fans and the entertainment industry peers alike. “Todd Barry is a great comedian. He has always been one of my favourites. There is no one out there like him. There never has been.” – Louis CK  Seeking a fresh yet honest update on traditional observation and sharp social commentary? Todd Barry’s the guy for you. “When it comes to live performance, few comics are more consistently funny.” - New York Times The Nualas in the aftermath of a Dublin party over a mutual love of great grub, comedy and a sing-song way back in 1995, The Nualas have gone on to become Ireland’s top all-female singing sensations. Bringing their bling and belters to Draíocht on 18th October, expect nothing less than a night of laugh-your-head off, wet-your-pants, pass-out-from-the-glamour-of-it-all entertainment from these ladies. "The Nualas have put comedy and music in a blender and come up with a world class soufflé." - Sunday Times Donning eye-catching stage attire as they showcase their incredible vocal harmony and ambitious choreography, enjoy the trio’s beloved tunes such as Manolo and Girl With a Cabbage for a Head, alongside all-new compositions, like Sexy Farm Song, and Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Why Am I So Fat?, in this rip-roaring show. The show contains some adult content and strong language. Tickets Full price €18 Concession €14 Jon Richardson Jon Richardson’s brand of pedantic, obsessive comedy as he checks his tyre pressures, hoovers his floor mats and puts an emergency packed lunch in the boot of his car, and heads for The Olympia Theatre with his new tour Nidiot. Ever the singleton and misanthrope, Jon is determined to become a more easygoing person for the sake of his friends and his future health. But can this fussy leopard change his spots, or is he doomed to a life of longing for a more uniform and symmetrical fur pattern? Acclaimed for his stand-up as well as his team captain tenure on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Richardson’s awkward shtick won’t leave a dry eye in the house.   Dara O'Briain of the UK and Ireland’s absolute favourite comedians, Dara O’Briain brings his new show Crowd Tickler to Vicar Street for a hefty 16 dates across October and November. “His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up” - The Guardian Probably one of the most recognisable faces on TV, Dara juggles quite the workload hosting BBC’s hilarious panel show Mock the Week, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, the fascinating Star Gazing Live, and School of Hard Sums. Known for his charismatic and intelligent style of stand-up, not to mention his mile-a-minute delivery, Vicar Street’s lucky audience are in for a night of belly laughs with Dara’s incredible new show. “If you want a comic who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand for two hours, here’s your man” -The Times Dates 15th - 18th October 22nd - 25th, 29th October 1st, 12th - 15th November Dave Gorman of the UK and Ireland’s favourite funny men, Dave Gorman embarks on a brand new tour, bringing Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point*... (*The PowerPoint) to Vicar Street this October. Settle in for an evening of PowerPoint performance, but not the boring office kind. You won’t need to take notes and you almost certainly won’t be tested on it later. “Dave Gorman is funny and brilliant in equal measure.” The Times Renowned for his live set and his hilarious TV shows, including the current series Modern Life Is Goodish, this is Dave’s first new tour in three years and looks set to be a corker. “In the study of modern miscellany Dave Gorman is the equivalent of a professor emeritus... Not so much a stand-up comedian as the funniest teacher fans never had… Gorman is an alternative comedian in the most literal sense. There's no one else quite like him.” The Independent. Pop along and dissect modern life with the best of them on 10th October.