2 August, 2016: Dublin Festivals, Scandinavian dates, and more radio stuff

Hey everyone!

Wow, July was fun.  At Longitude festival I got a cop to come up on the stage, and at the Vodafone Comedy Festival I got to see my name on a Ticketmaster ticket for the first time:

vodafone ticket

 

…which I get isn’t a big deal, but I got a kick out of it.

I’m also back doing political coverage for Newstalk FM: here’s a link to my bits on the Republican and the Democratic conventions.

 

Now for a week of gigs in Dublin before I hit the road for some combo vacation / work travel.  I’ll be performing for the first time in Iceland and Sweden.  Follow me on twitter and like my Facebook page to stay up to date!

Happy 4th of July!

And in keeping with the patriotic spirit, I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be moderating Trump V Bernie when they hit Dublin on Thursday!  Get your tickets here, and follow them on Twitter (as well as the creators, James Adomian and Anthony Atamanuik!) (“What’s Trump V Bernie”, you ask?  Why not read the review in the LA Times?)

Hope to see you out there!  Follow me on Twitter and click Like on Facebook for more – especially the latter; I’ve been throwing up topical clips there from time to time; here’s one on the Irish Football fans and one on Brexit).

Upcoming Gigs

  • 5 July: MC, Empire Comedy Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 15 July: Longitude Festival, Marlay Park, Dublin  (Check it out; I’m on the same “Artist Lineup” page as Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike, and The National.  Hilarious.)
  • 16 July: Longitude Festival, Marlay Park, Dublin
  • 17 July: Longitude Festival, Marlay Park, Dublin
  • 25 July: Comedy Shed, Dublin
  • 30 July: Vodafone Comedy Festival, Dublin – Laughter Lab
  • 31 July: Vodafone Comedy Festival, Dublin (with Elanor Tiernan, David O’Doherty, Chris Gethard, and Kate Berlant – Tickets!)
  • 3 August: UnHinged Comedy Club, Ha’Penny Bridge Inn, Dublin
  • 5 August: Chaplin’s Comedy Club, Dublin
  • 6 August: Chaplin’s Comedy Club, Dublin
  • 8 August: GoldenGang Comedy, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 22 September: Komedia, Brighton, England

18 May 2016: Summer Festivals! More Basketball!

Hey everybody!

April was wonderful.  I had a brilliant run at the Stand chain in the UK (here’s a clip from that) and last week found myself in some cool open mikes in Chicago (clip).  The next month is solidly Irish: the best clubs in Dublin (the Laughter Lounge, the Comedy Crunch, Anseo, the Woolshed) and some festivals as well (Cat Laughs in Kilkenny and Longitude in Dublin).

Reminder: if you’re an NBA fanatic like me, Ronan and I have fired up our NBA Playoffs Podcast.  Subscribe on iTunes.

Upcoming gigs:

 

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22 April: Scotland, England, and the NBA Playoffs

Oh MAN I am pumped for this week.  I’m doubling up on Sunday night before heading to Edinburgh for the Stand’s Red Raw tour.  It’ll be my first time performing in Glasgow and Newcastle; I haven’t gigged in Edinburgh since 2011, when I was there for the Amused Moose Laugh Off finals.

Also: Do you like the NBA? Well Ronan and I have fired up our NBA Playoffs Podcast.  Subscribe on iTunes.

Upcoming gigs:

March 29 2016

Hey everybody!

Even though the Irish election seems long ago, it’s worth noting that a) they still have not, as yet, established a government and b) I had an absolute blast doing some bits on it for Newstalk FM’s Breakfast Show.  You can hear all of the segments here, if you’re interested.  All I’m hoping for now is that they fail to form a government so that they have to have another election and I’ll get to repeat the gigs.  That’s right, I’m rooting for a temporary failure of the proportional representation election model to further my own opportunities, just like any good capitalist would.

I have a really cool slate of gigs lined up for April; hope to see you out there.

Also: I have a Facebook page now – why don’t you give that a ‘like’?   It’s where I’ll be posting gig updates and small video clips.  It’s inspiringly named Jim Elliott – Comedian.

 

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February: Pete Best and Newstalk FM

I’m stepping out of the stand-up comedy box a little bit this month.

A lil’ bit of Acting:

Running from  8 Feb until 13 Feb, I have a small part in this play: Pete Best of the Beatles.  You can buy tickets at that link; it’s playing at the New Theatre in Temple bar and kicks off at 7:30.  Here’s a quick blurb:

 Pete Best was drummer with The Beatles for two years in the early 1960s. He played hundreds of shows with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison – and then was mysteriously kicked out of the band a few short weeks before they released their debut single and went on to take over the world. This new play examines the mystery of Pete’s firing from the greatest rock ’n’ roll group of all time – and it presents a fascinating insight into the early days of The Beatles and their wild nights in Liverpool and Hamburg. And if you think you know The Beatles – you’re wrong! Don’t miss this show.

PETE BEST OF THE BEATLES is Stephen Kennedy’s follow-up play to JOHN LENNON’S LAST DAY which had sold-out runs in Dublin, Belfast and Berlin – as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 2015. Stephen also wrote DEATH AND THE BEATLES FAN and LENNON v McCARTNEY. The latter play was performed a number of times on the Adelphi’s main stage at Liverpool’s International Beatleweek and went on to be made into a short film by Eddie Jackson.

A lil’ bit of radio:

If you listen to Newstalk FM’s breakfast show and you think you heard my voice, I have good news: you did.  You’re not crazy.

I’m recording a few segments about the Irish General Election.  You can listen back to the first one here – fast forward to the last five minutes.  I’ll be appearing every Friday from now until the election, whenever that is.  I should probably find out.

 

Upcoming Gigs:

  • 8-13 February: Pete Best of The Beatles, Yapperhead Theatre Company, The New Theatre, Dublin
  • 17 February: MC, Laugh Out Loud @ Anseo, Camden Street, Dublin
  • 25, 26, 27 February: The International Comedy Club, The International Bar, Dublin
  • 28 February: (headline set) The Comedy Crunch, Stag’s Head, Dublin
  • 2 March: MC, Laugh Out Loud @ Anseo, Camden Street, Dublin
  • 9 March: MC, Laugh Out Loud @ Anseo, Camden Street, Dublin
  • 15 March: The Comedy Crunch, Stag’s Head, Dublin
  • 23 March: Headline Set, Anseo, Camden Street, Dublin
  • 29 March: Empire Comedy Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 31 March, 1 April, 2 April; The Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, Dublin
  • 25 April: Red Raw @ The Stand, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 26 April: Red Raw @ The Stand, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 27 April: Red Raw @ The Stand, Newcastle, England

January 2016: New year, new me.

Well, not really “new me”, but I did get a haircut.

I’m excited about 2016 stuff already.  In February I’ll be dusting off the acting chops.  I have a small (really quite small) part in Stephen Kennedy’s play “Pete Best of the Beatles”, which will have a week-long run at the New Theatre.  In March I’ll be back at the Empire Comedy Club in Belfast, which is a beautiful room.  Then in April I’m booked for the new act nights in the legendary Stand nightclubs- Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Newcastle.

Gig list for 2016 so far:

If you’re looking at this page, you’re a comedy fan – so follow these lovely clubs on Twitter, and stay informed as to who they’ve got going up!  The Laughter Lounge, the International Comedy Club, the Empire Comedy Club, the Comedy Crunch, the Roisin Dubh, and the Pop The Cherry crew!

December 2015

November was pretty busy for me; the highlights were the usual fantastic weekend at the Laughter Lounge (featuring a guest spot by the hilarious and hopefully-coming-to-Dublin-more-often-in-future Jim Campbell) and capped off by a wonderful gig in North Country Dublin where I got to support Ardal O’Hanlon:From left to right, it goes in ascending order of "How Happy Are You To Be In This Picture"

 

I also like the thought process on the poster.  “OK, we got a photo of the host, and a photo of the headliner; one photo slot left, and one more act on the bill… let’s go with another, older photo of the headliner.

It's a small picture because it's far away.

Anyway, it’s the full-on run-up to Christmas.  Keep the booze close and the Solpadine closer.

 

Only a few more chances to see me in 2015.  Come on out!

  • 2 December: LOL @ Anseo, Camden St, Dublin (headline set)
  • 15 December: The Comedy Crunch, Stag’s Head Pub, Dublin (headline set)
  • 16 December: Comedy Crunch Christmas Extravaganza, The International Comedy Club, Dublin
  • 18 December: The Dolmen Theatre, Cornelscourt, Dublin 18, presented by ComedyEvents Ireland (follow them on twitter)

 

I’m still writing stuff on Twitter that’s too surreal* to do on stage – follow me there and don’t miss out on the GOLD**:

 

 

 

*stupid

 

**not gold

 

November 2015: Ten Years In.

So every once in a while people ask me how long I’ve been doing comedy, and my standard answer for a few years has been, “I don’t know, six, eight years?”  Last week it struck me that I went down to my first open mic ever in November of 2005, so I’ve officially been at this for a full decade.  I’m as shocked as you are.

In honor of the occasion, I dug up the MySpace blog archive that they emailed me when they deleted all their blogs.  This is the blog I published to MySpace nine years ago, to celebrate a year of performing at open mic nights:

"He's been doing this for ten years?  You'd think he'd be funnier."

(I also appear to be pretty excited that my MySpace blog has had 2,000 hits.  Pretty generous of MySpace to call ‘pageviews’ ‘readers’.)

Anyway, back to the present: This weekend is the wonderful Beatles Festival in Dublin.  There’s lots of stuff you should go check out.  I will be performing a (very) small part in the stage play about Pete Best on Sunday.

Upcoming gigs!  Come say hello!

October 2015

Hello everybody,

I Had a great time down at Trinity for a few of their Fresher’s Week gigs.  You wouldn’t believe how young a ‘fresher’ is these days.

Are you on the Twitter?  I’m on the Twitter.  Follow me on the Twitter.

 

Upcoming gigs!

  • 5 October, Comedy Crunch, Stag’s Head, Dublin
  • 6 October, Headline set, Comedy Crunch, Stag’s Head, Dublin
  • 7 October, MC, Laugh Out Loud, Anseo, Dublin
  • 13 October, Empire Comedy Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 15 October, Laughter Lounge, Dublin
  • 16 October, Laughter Lounge, Dublin
  • 17 October, Laughter Lounge, Dublin
  • 21 October, MC, Laugh Out Loud, Anseo, Dublin
  • 28 October, MC, Laugh Out Loud, Anseo, Dublin
  • 1 November, UnHinged Comedy, Ha’Penny Bridge Inn, Dublin
  • 8 November, Comedy Crunch, Stag’s Head, Dublin
  • 19 November, Laughter Lounge, Dublin
  • 20 November, Laughter Lounge, Dublin
  • 21 November, Laughter Lounge, Dublin
  • 21 November, Santa Strike Force Comedy Fundraiser, Cassidy’s, Dublin
  • 23 November, Headline set, Comedy Crunch, Stag’s Head, Dublin
  • 25 November, Laugh Out Loud, Anseo, Dublin