Events - ComedyJohn Bishophttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/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: www.ticketmaster.ie       One Man Two Guvnorshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/One_Man_Two_GuvnorsRichard 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: www.ticketmaster.ie   Lee Evans – Monstershttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Lee_Evans_MonstersTickets 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: www.ticketmaster.ie Show 8pm sharp – over 15’s. Lee Mackhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Lee_MackJoin the multi-award winning star of "Not Going Out" and "Would I Lie To You?", Lee Mack, as he warms up for his  brand new live tour. Expect his trademark brand of high energy banter, well-crafted gags and sharp one-liners in one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year. “Gut-bustingly funny” The Sunday Times “A master class in pure comedy” The List Price: €28.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie     Caitlin Moran Live - How to Build a Girlhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Caitlin_Moran_Live_How_to_Build_a_GirlIn order to get out of doing her fair share of the childcare, Caitlin Moran is coming to Dublin, insisting the bar stay open late, and talking about men, women, Sherlock, David Bowie, big hair, feminism, welfare, that amazing heavy-metal kid on Gogglebox who never says anything, and THE REVOLUTION.  There will be highlights from How To Be A Woman, Moranthology and Caitlin's new book: How To Build A Girl, which is the only novel so far in existence with an entire chapter about cystitis. Blueprints for changing the world WILL be issued. And then lost in nightclubs later.  Price: €28.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Des Bishop Coming Homehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Des_Bishop_Coming_Home_extra_datesDue to phenomenal demand Des Bishop has just announced two extra dates to Dublin’s Vicar Street. Des 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, so come and check out this unique show at Vicar St on May 24th and June  6th & 7th.  Price: €25.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie Des Bishop Coming Homehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Des_Bishop_Coming_HomeDes 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, so come and check out this unique show at Vicar St on May 24th. Price: €25.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie Suggs My Life Story in Words and Musichttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Suggs_My_Life_Story_in_Words_and_Music“I've just turned 50, the kids have left home, and my cat just died.”  In Suggs: My Life Story the Madness frontman takes to the stage in a hilarious, yet moving, one-man tour de force playing to rave reviews.  The death of Suggs' beloved cat on his fiftiethbirthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew.  Stunned by what he learns Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970's Soho and his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at the age of eighteen...  Is it a play? Is it stand up comedy? Is it Music Hall? Whatever it is hold on to your seats as Suggs goes on to stumble and plummet through the trap door of failure.. then trampoline back up to catch the passing trapeze of show business success! WITH MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT AND UNCALLED FOR INTERJECTION FROM DEANO, HIS LOYAL MANSERVANT-CUM-PIANIST ‘One of the most original and engaging shows I've seen’ Mark Lawson – The Guardian. Price: €28.00/€30.50 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie         Jason Byrnehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Jason_Byrne_May_9 Due to phenomenal demand Jason Byrne has just announced a fourth show to Dublin’s Vicar Street on Friday 9th May. Nothing can compare to seeing Jason in full flow on the live stage. His shows at Vicar St are part of comedy folklore. Join Jason and become part of that folklore. Watch comedy history being rewritten by ‘The outright King of Live Comedy’ - The Times   Jason Byrne is the biggest selling live act in the history of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You have no idea what can be achieved on a live comedy stage until you have seen Jason spew forth more ideas in a couple of hours than most comics could hope to do in a couple of lifetimes. Make sure you catch the man of madness when he comes to Vicar Street in January.   This show is ‘So good it hurts’, - The Metro.   It will leave you, ‘Gasping for breath, and rolling on the floor with laughter’ - Broadway Baby.   Because it turns out Jason is ‘A Comedy God’ – The Mirror.   Price: €28.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   #NoFilterhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NoFilterYouTube’s punniest women are putting together a live comedy show! Will Grace comment on comments? Will Hannah cook? Will Mamrie already be passed out by 4? Who knows! No editing, no censors, #NOFILTER. Starring Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart! Grace Helbig Grace Helbig is a comedian, actress and video blogger. She’s the creator and star of the IAWTV and Streamy award winning web series “DailyGrace”  and “It’s Grace” with over a million and half subscribers. She plays ‘Idol’ in the Streamy nominated web comedy “MyMusic” and was a regular correspondent on G4′s Attack of the Show and VH1′s “Best Week Ever”. She’s studied improv at The Peoples Improv Theater and is a member of the house team Borealis. She has a live tour called “#NoFilter” playing around the country. She’s been listed on Time Magazine’s 140 best Twitter feeds of 2012 and BuzzFeed’s 11 Awesome Up-And-Coming Funny Ladies You Should Know. Hannah Hart Effervescent comedian Hannah Hart is the creator and star of "My Drunk Kitchen", a web series about libation and liberty in the state of post-modern America. Exuding a unique mix of silliness, wit,and heartfelt honesty, Hannah’s talents extend to a wide variety of formats, including sketches, original music and vlogs as proven by 50MM+ video views to date. Mamrie Hart Mamrie Hart is comedic writer and performer living in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from a one stop light town in North Carolina, she can now be found being ridiculous on the internet. She hosts a pop culture, mixology show called ‘You Deserve a Drink’  along with Grace Helbig. When she isn’t creating cocktail you can find her performing sketch comedy all over NYC, singing with her band Cudzoo & the Faggettes, or popping up on your TV as a nosey neighbor or general weirdo.” Price: €25.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie Jason Byrnehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Jason_ByrneNothing can compare to seeing Jason in full flow on the live stage. His shows at Vicar St are part of comedy folklore. Join Jason and become part of that folklore. Watch comedy history being rewritten by ‘The outright King of Live Comedy’ - The Times Jason Byrne is the biggest selling live act in the history of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You have no idea what can be achieved on a live comedy stage until you have seen Jason spew forth more ideas in a couple of hours than most comics could hope to do in a couple of lifetimes. Make sure you catch the man of madness when he comes to Vicar Street in January. This show is ‘So good it hurts’, - The Metro. It will leave you, ‘Gasping for breath, and rolling on the floor with laughter’ - Broadway Baby. Because it turns out Jason is ‘A Comedy God’ – The Mirror. Price: €28.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie Breaking Dadhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Breaking_DadRoss O’Carroll-Kelly makes a highly anticipated return to The Gaiety Theatre. The year is 2022. Ireland is in the midst of an unexpected economic boom. The country’s debts have been repaid in full, the people are once again selling houses to each other 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. Breaking Dad is the third Ross O’Carroll-Kelly stage play, following the hugely successful The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger (2007) and Between Foxrock and a Hard Place(2010). Paul Howard’s 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. A remarkable eight Ross O'Carroll-Kelly titles have been shortlisted for Irish Book Awards, so the new stage play Breaking Dad will be a must-see for all fans! Price: €25.00 - €49.50 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Potted Potterhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Potted_PotterThe international smash hit Harry Potter parody is coming to Dublin for one week only, as part of a sell-out world tour. The Best Entertainment & Family Show Olivier Award Nominee Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, this brilliant comedy will make you roar with laughter. This show is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).   “Inventive, daft fun for all the family that doesn't feel the slightest bit cynical. A winner in every way.” The Guardian “The duo casts the perfect spell over the audience.” The New York Times – Critics’ Picks   “Gloriously irreverent. A very lovable romp through Rowling’s back catalogue.” Time Out London – Critics’ Choice   “I guarantee you’ll go positively potty over Potted Potter. Muggle or master wizard, you’re going to love this show.” Toronto Star   “A fabulously funny parody, with serious Jeff taking the Ernie Wise role and silly Dan as a latterday Eric Morecambe.” Daily Telegraph Price: €15.00 - €30.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie An Ideal Husbandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/An_Ideal_Husband_GateAn Ideal Husband is a comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. The action is set in London, in "the present", and takes place over the course of twenty-four hours. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past. Regarded by many as one of Oscar Wilde's most outstanding works. Director Ethan McSweeny Set Designer Francis O’Connor Costume Designer Peter O’Brien Price: €32.00 Booking: www.gatetheatre.ie