July 2014: New Zealand Tour* Dates!

*Yes, it’s a tour. Any trip with more than one gig before you get home to your own bed counts as a tour. Pretty sure Mark Twain said that, you guys.

Thanks in large part to the kindness of Alan Hurley and Scott Banks and Nikolas Bruce-Smith, I’m now On Tour in New Zealand, gigging in Auckland and Wellington. I’m going to do my best to give a good accounting of the Dublin comedy scene.

I’ll be back in Dublin in the second week of August to hit a great run of my favorite Dublin rooms- the Crunch, Anseo, the ‘Shed, and a weekend featuring at the Laughter Lounge. How lucky can a guy get?

June 2014: Festivals!

Summertime in Ireland means one thing: disappointing weather.  Well actually it means two things: disappointing weather and festivals.  I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited to two of the latter.

This weekend I’ll be performing on Friday and Saturday at the Body and Soul festival.  I’ll be sharing the stage with Colin Chadwick, Conor O’Toole, and Allison Spittle, all of whom are so talented that they make me feel like an old hack, but I’m driving, so they will have to keep quiet about it.

I was truly honored to have been invited to take place in the Kilkenny Cat Laughs festival in June.  I was as giddy as a schoolgirl and I took a million pictures of the program and the running order and anything with my name on it but I’ll only post this one:

Hey, that's my name!

Did you know Smithwick’s is from Kilkenny?

Upcoming Gigs

May 14 Update

This month, I’ve made the finals of a comedy competition; at stake is a slot at the Comedy Tent at the Forbidden Fruit Festival.  Wish me luck.

I’m also doing a weekend at the Laughter Lounge; the headliners are the always amazing Foil, Arms, and Hog.

After that, from the first of July I’m going on a giant holiday until the middle of August.  No gigs in that time frame unless I can talk myself into some slots in New Zealand.

10 April Update

I had a fantastic weekend at the Laughter Lounge last weekend.  It was great to work with Jarlath Regan again; I hadn’t seen him since he moved to London (and started dominating the podcast charts).  Al Porter tore through that place like a hurricane.

This weekend I’m in Cork, as so kindly reported by the Cork Independent. very much looking forward to this show.  On Wednesday 23 April I’ll be on RTE Ratio 1′s Arena show to pimp the Irish Comedy Underground CD – which, by the way, is now available for purchase in MP3 format on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.  If you want the physical CD, just click here.

Upcoming Gigs:

07 March 2014

Well, it turns out there’s a kicking English-language comedy scene in Berlin.  Who knew?  I had a great time at the MadHaus and highly recommend checking them out; in fact, I confidently recommend anything Neil runs – if you’re in Berlin, check these events out.
Upcoming gigs:

 

Remember to follow me on Twitter for hard-hitting political commentary like this:

 

 

And stupid self-indulgent gags like these:

 

 

How do you say “Voicebank” in German?

Two quick updates:

First, I’m delighted to say that I’ve got my first professional representation.  For voice over work, I’m now represented by the good people over at Voicebank.  Delighted to be a part of that class outfit.

Second, I’m going to have my first ever gig in Germany next week – at whatever this open mike is.  Really looking forward to it.

Gig calendar:

Republic of Telly, Rubberbandits, Apocalypse, 2014 gigs so far

Well, I wrote a nice 2013 year-end wrap-up on the 4th of December, and therefore missed including a milestone of sorts: my Irish television debut.  I appeared in the RubberBandits music video “Boyzone”, which was broadcast on RTE2′s Republic of Telly on December 9.  So there: a television credit.  Bosh.

January’s been good to me already.  I had a weekend in the International, which is always a pleasure.  I also had my first gig in Al Porter’s Rammed in the Woolshed; Elanor Tiernon, Fred Cooke, and Eric Lalor were there as well.  ‘Twas a brilliant gig to be sure to be sure.

I’m continuing to support the fantastic Tom O’Mahony in his “Bring On The Apocalypse” show, which sold out in the Civic Theatre in Tallaght on 11 of January and is moving to Clonmel in February.  That’s two new Irish counties for me in two weeks; on Feb 1 I’ll be appearing at the City Limits Comedy Club in Cork.  Between Cork and Tipperary, you’ve got one hell of a hurling match right there.

The Irish Comedy Underground’s CD is now available for digital purchase!

As always, you can follow comedian Jim Elliott on Twitter!  (SEO tip #1: the proper place for redundant exposition is in the hyperlink!)  I might tweet about a show in between re-tweeting other people’s poop jokes that I enjoy.

Upcoming Gigs:

Hey 2013, turn off the lights when you leave.

Well, November was fantastic.  I had a brilliant weekend of gigs opening for Karl Spain at the Laughter Lounge in Dublin.  I got over to London for a slot at the Comedy Cafe Theatre’s New Act night and was lucky enough to snag a spot at the BackYard Comedy Club the next day.

I also put on a gig for a cause that is near and dear to my heart: being the Saturday night entertainment for an ultimate frisbee tournament.  Marcus O Laoire and Tom O’Mahony were good enough to perform as well, and we had a blast performing to a great group of teams in the Duke pub in Dublin.  On a side note, my team went on to win the tournament the next day, despite (or perhaps because) I was only available for the quarterfinal match on Sunday morning.  G’wan Mixed Veg!

Just two more gigs in 2013 for me.  On Monday the 16th of December I’ll be in the Stag’s Head at The Comedy Crunch.  Always a great night; be sure to follow them on Twitter to stay ahead of upcoming gigs.

Finally, I was lucky enough to be asked to appear in the New Act Final of the Comedy Cafe  Theatre in London.  I’ve been on two of their Wednesday-night New Act nights this year, and those shows are always a blast; house MC Jimmy James Jones turns good crowds into great ones.  It’s a wonderful platform for new comics in London; highly recommended.  Really looking forward to the final; I don’t think I’ve much of a chance of winning, but hopefully I’ll do well enough to secure a gig or two there in 2014.  Fingers crossed.

Looking for the Christmas gift for the comedy fan who has everything?  Well I can guarantee he doesn’t have this: The Irish Comedy Underground CD.  10 of the best Irish up-and-coming comedians for only €10.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year – here’s where you can catch me in January:

CD Launch!

Big news!  That CD that we recorded earlier this year?  It’s now for sale.  Check the Irish Comedy Underground website for purchasing information; follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook, if you’re into that sort of thing.  Supplies of the CD are very limited, so if you’re looking for the gift for the comedy fan who has everything, I can guarantee he doesn’t have a copy of this.

Dublin’s Web Summit was last week.  They had seen our Too Many Apps sketch and liked it, so we made a few more sketches to mark the occasion.  Watch them here.  The WebSummit team were good enough to give us passes to the event in exchange for these, for which we at Pork Street are eternally grateful.

Last week I had the immense good fortune to support PJ Gallagher in Sligo, at an event hosted by the multi-talented Eric Lalor (you should watch Eric’s pilot, The Commute!)  They were an unbelievable crowd.  Thorsten Kahlert was on hand to take pictures for the evening and was good enough to provide me with a few snaps, one of which is now the headline picture on this very site.  He’s a good man, and thorough.

Here are my upcoming gigs for the next while; the one I’m most excited about is providing support to my good friend Tom O’Mahony in his solo show in Tallaght.  Tom was in Ireland’s biggest TV comedy success of 2013, Damo and Ivor, and I’m really excited to see what he has cooking for his new solo show, “Bring On The Apocalypse“.

More gigs and something new: Sketches with Pork Street!

Coming up I’m headlining the Comedy Crunch(20 October), supporting PJ Gallagher in Sligo (8 November), gigging in the Comedy Cafe in London (13 November), and working a weekend at the Laughter Lounge (21-23 November).  I can’t even tell you how much I love all of these rooms.  Well, except for the Sligo one; I’ve never been there before.  But I assure you that room will be lovely as well.

So I’m in this comedy writing group.  We make sketches.  Here’s our YouTube channel and a couple of my favorites.  Follow us on twitter.

Too Many Apps For That

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