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. 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. Miranda Sings YouTube sensation Miranda Sings is bringing you a hilarious night filled with Comedy, Hit Songs, Magic Tricks, dramatic readings of hate mail, and never before seen videos! The quirky Superstar has over 60 million views on YouTube and has performed her on-woman show to sold out crowds all over the world. You will not ant to miss seeing this lipstick wearing, epileptic eye-browed, crooked-smiling beauty live and in person. Price: €25.00 Booking: House of Comedians for something a little bit different? You’re alway guaranteed to get the wonderfully unique when it comes to the Fringe Festival, so how about trying a dose comedy filmed on location? A sitcom is being filmed in a house full of comedians and you’re invited too. Come in, sit down and laugh on cue. Don’t worry, the director will tell you when. Over five nights, five episodes will be shot and streamed on the online. Falling somewhere between performance art and Mrs. Brown's Boys, Tom Walsh’s House of Comedians is an experience. A strangely real, surreal and hilarious one at that. “Blends awkwardness, cheesiness and stupidity…. ridiculously mundane, as well as deliberately ill-timed and out of sync.” — Irish Theatre Magazine. Meet at Fallons Pub, The Coombe, Dublin 8 and you’ll be taken to the nearby sitcom location for a wholly original night of laughter. Tickets Preview €11 Full Price €14 Concession €12 Ghost Train Willy sketch comedy aficionados Ghost Train Willy take their irreverent show Rhubarb Crumble to Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, as part of this year’s Fringe Festival. They say there’s a fine line between failure and misery, and often, there’s no line at all. Just ask this second-rate children’s theatre company, whose members all fantasise about the lives they could have led had they not been held back by each other. An uncensored affair – with a sprinkling of show-stopping tunes - these failed entertainers are brought to life just as they are gifted one last, desperate shot at success. Prepare for punchline-heavy comedy at breakneck speed, this show is for anyone who has never followed their dream and wants to feel good about it. Tickets Preview €11 Full price €14 Concession €12 Des Bishop Bishop is coming home after spending over a year in China. He has some fun stories to tell about that: from working in a restaurant in the North East for a month to trying to find a wife in a Marriage park; plus some great journeys with Leo his co-worker from the Abrakebabra days. But he also can't wait to tell you about all the things he missed about home: democracy, milk, sarcasm and so much more. Most importantly though, Des just can't wait to speak English without being censored. Absence makes the heart grow funnier Lords of Strut: Chaos obsessed and socially impaired, the Strut brothers are back with a bang for the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin 1. In this motivational, semi-nude, roller-coaster of a show, watch Sean and Seamus hold it together as they dance and bicker through a hilarious hour of physical and "meta-physical" comedy. Join Ireland’s most emotional dancers as they share their "idiot proof" secret to life and even happiness, while you laugh the night away. Having toured, Europe, Australia and Canada extensively with their much loved street theatre show, the winners of the Street Performance World Championship 2013, unveil their explosive new comedy show "CHAOS”. "A hilarious performance… funny and brilliantly choreographed" Three Weeks Edinburgh. Tickets Preview €11 Concession €12 Full price €14 Star Man a divine mix of circus, comedy and cardboard with Tumble Circus’ new show Star Man, at Smock Alley Theatre this September. With a string of awards to their name, the innovators behind the Fringe hits This Is What we Do For A Living (2012) and Damn the Circus (2013) are sure to delight anyone who appreciates the dark side of feel good, or has ever wondered just why we’re here and why we bother. For years man has looked to the heavens for inspiration and guidance. But now the heavens have come to him. Tumble Circus showcase a unique experience of imaginative and contemporary Irish circus, with a specialty in high skill circus, theatre and comedy. With the company’s aim to create a new and exciting circus that entertains, amazes and is accessible to all - audiences are in for a real treat. Foil, Arms & Hog’s most popular comedy trio Foil, Arms & Hog bring their brand new show ‘Begorrah’, to the Fringe Festival stage with a whopping nine night run this September. Having sold out their Edinburgh Fringe dates for six consecutive years, received more than 4 million hits on YouTube and recently rounded off a 30 date world tour; audiences can rest assured that their funny bones will not merely be tickled but positively annihilated with the group’s beautifully bizarre brand of comedy. Their new show ‘Begorrah’ boasts more music-infused sketches including Christian rockers God Vibrations, the La Bullshat Theatre Group, and an intervention for a teetotaller. Showcasing an eclectic mix of theatre and comedy with wickedly twisted characters and high energy performances, a Foil, Arms & Hog audience always leaves with more laughter lines than they went in with. Tickets Full price €16 Preview €11 Concession €14 Get Ready to Die Alone veritable one-man variety show, comedian-musician James Walmsley takes his brand new show Get Ready to Die Alone, to the Dublin Fringe Festival this September. Armed with an arty headshot and some deep, important questions about the human condition, the former member of beloved comedy group Dead Cat Bounce looks set to have Smock Alley’s audience positively cracking up. “James Walmsley crackles with brilliant gags and charisma, bringing an unexpected tenderness to his rock’n’roll stand-up.” - The Irish Times Tickets Preview €11 Full price €14 Concession €12 Des Bishop Coming Home Bishop is coming home after spending over a year in China. He has some fun stories to tell about that: from working in a restaurant in the North East for a month to trying to find a wife in a Marriage park; plus some great journeys with Leo his co-worker from the Abrakebabra days. But he also can't wait to tell you about all the things he missed about home: democracy, milk, sarcasm and so much more. Most importantly though, Des just can't wait to speak English without being censored. Absence makes the heart grow funnier