A couple of cracking gigs in Donegal and Waterford last month; back in Dublin this month for festival gigs! I’m playing on the Sunday of the Longitude Festival. If you get to play a festival on the last day, be sure to bring toilet paper. Even if you don’t use it you can barter it for booze.
Well, I’ve apparently exhausted the gigs in Dublin, because I’ll be doing some decent road trips in the next few weeks – first 240 km north to Donegal, and then 170km south to Waterford. That’s about as far as you can go in Ireland while still being in Ireland. I’m also doing a slot in Belfast, which will be my first ever gig in Northern Ireland. I only need a gig in Wales to complete the set.
Well, I’m watching Twin Peaks. I’m halfway through Season 2 and I can’t stop thinking about it. So much so that in the latest episode of my NBA Playoffs Podcast, I pick which players are which characters from Twin Peaks. (Spoiler: LeBron James and JR Smith are Ben Horne and Jerry Horne. Ben’s the town big shot, rich, powerful, pulling puppet strings all over town, but his plans might not work out as he hopes; Jerry is his emotionally unhinged brother. (Also: Jerry Horne is played by the same actor as the famously lied-to Sully from Commando! How do you not love this stuff?)) Follow @TheTrashBros on Twitter for basketball-related hijinks:
(Note: No, I don’t work for twitter. I just think it’s a good way to stay on top of where people will be. I know nobody visits websites anymore, and I think we can all agree that Facebook invitations get roundly ignored these days.)
Gig-wise, I had a blast hosting the Boards.ie Comedy Carnival, and a Vine I made taking the piss out of the Late Late Toy Show got linked in DailyEdge’s Most Wonderful Moments Toy Show wrap-up. That’s about all I can remember of December through the whiskey-scented holiday fog. Every year the holiday season is a battle between my id and my liver, and this year the competition was closer than most years.
So I was lucky enough to have a weekend in the Laughter Lounge just before one of my absolute favorite things, the Rose of Tralee. I took the opportunity to try to be a Topical Comedian™ for a few minutes; and Kevin at the Lounge was good enough to record the bit for me. I tweeted it during the show and the good people over at Joe.ie posted it on their page. I have to say that I had no idea how popular Joe.ie is; the amount of people who stopped me over the next few days to say they saw it was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Thanks again to Tony and everyone at Joe.ie
*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?