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   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   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 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 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:   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. Filibusters Comedy Club Check. Lively citywide festival celebrating the best of the capital’s culture? Check. Lucky Dubliners can enjoy wise-cracking comedy and the best that Bodytonic’s Beatyard Festival has to offer on 25th October, at The Twisted Pepper. Part of The Beatyard, a 10-day festival of art, music and culture, get ready for rip-roaring revelry courtesy of The Filibusters Comedy Club. Presented by the hilarious MC Keith Fox, laughter lines are a given with a line-up that boasts Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly (RTE’s Hall’s Pictorial Weekly, Podge and Rodge), Peter Flanagan, Harry Smith and more in the renowned venue’s basement. Brace yourself for tickled funny bones and a few burst stitches. 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