10 DAYS IN DUBLIN
COMEDY JULY 4- 13 2013
Hi I’m Jake Bourke, the Comedy Coordinator, and I want to tell you why I am so excited about this year’s 10 Days in Dublin Comedy section. Comedy in Ireland is about ready to change and here is where you could see it happen in real time. There is a huge variation in comedians playing the festival, which is what’s really exciting. It’s a great place to watch a scene that is bursting with talent at the minute and to find acts that are currently just under the radar. All the acts have taken the festival up as the challenge to push themselves. So what’s going to be my favourite part is watching acts I know well having the freedom to develop themselves. And the scale exciting in itself. There’s approximately 72 hours of comedy on offer over the festival. There are comedy festivals that have a lot less!
ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY Irish comediennes Andrea Farrell and Aideen McQueen contemplate issues of the day (and a few other days) Uncomfortable reflections guaranteed. Hot topics. Plain girls. No offence.
JULY 12TH • 6.30PM • NO. 9 @ THE WORKMANS • €5
ALISON SPITTLE STOAT TOAST Why would I spend a fiver on that? I don’t even know the girl. Well she would feel happier and you would have spent that money on something frivolous. It’s observational comedy on mental health and why being normal should never be an aspiration. She also talks about non important things like Will-I-Am,stoats and terrorism. New Comedy Awards, Republic of Telly, RTE ‘Well worth checking out’ - Totally Dublin
JULY 13TH • 6.30PM • 60 MINS • INTERNATIONAL BAR • €5
BARRY MACK I’LL TALK YOU THROUGH IT Did you know 65% of people have the ability to sense when someone is staring at them? Yes, I mean you! Barry Mack learns how to whistle so he can act innocent after breaking things.Barry was named after his father, because he was born first. He flits from Topic to Moro with a theme of optimism in the face of adversity and the joys of chocolate bars. ‘Cracked’ - hotpress.com
JULY 11TH • 6.30PM • No. 9 @ THE WORKMANS • €5
BEBOP & ROCKSTEADY Bebop and Rocksteady are a jazz/improvising comedy duo formed in the late nineties. They decided to forge a partnership that would last for a decade and a half with the duo performing at a variety of jazz festivals, both national and international. Their music is probing, freewheeling, and fun but not without rigour or depth of emotions. This performance features a Skype link with guitar heavyweight Steve Giordano. One to watch.
JULY 8TH • 8PM • SITEATION • €8
BREDA LARKIN THE WORD OF BREDA Join sapphic storyteller Breda Larkin in this hilarious and thought-provoking exploration of her life through the triple lenses of sexuality, religion and em…facial hair. Follow Breda as she journeys from ‘getting the shift’ with the local lads to breaking the hearts of her imaginary camogie team by falling in love with a real live girl and becoming a fully-fledged dickie-bow aficionado. Devised by Breda Larkin, Evelyn Quinlan and Nicola Depuis.
JULY 4TH, 5TH, 11TH, 12TH • 9.30PM • PANTIBAR • €10
CHAMELEON COMEDIAN GET IN HERE The debut extravaganza of Chameleon Comedian. Take a ride through the mind of a compelled, (NOT committed) psychiatric-hospital worker, part-time Benburb Street blogger and full-time craic creator. Within Anseo’s intimate surroundings, prepare to be enthralled by the recesses of her weird, wired encounters of the everyday kind. Think the marvellous Niamh Rudden, meets a rambling Dylan Moran.
‘You’ll be crying out for a doctor cause I’ll have you in stitches’ JULY 8TH • 9PM • ANSEO • €5
CHRISTIAN TALBOT FUNERAL ADDICT Comedian Christian Talbot cares too much. About everything. And that’s not always a good thing. See Ireland’s neediest man talk about the best way to deal with racist co-workers, the daily afternoon cry break, choosing box sets over sex and how to find emotional intimacy through the obituaries. Come to his show Funeral Addict as he needs your reassurance and your hugs. Confessional, introspective but always funny.
JULY 6TH • 6.30PM • 60 MINS • INTERNATIONAL BAR • €5
CIAN MCGARRIGLE AND COLM TYRELL GLASS STONE HOUSE THROWERS Let these two chalk and cheese performers entertain you as they recklessly ignore the old proverb and hurl opinions around their own glass house with abandon. Colm Tyrrell takes you through a young man’s view of family, college, relationships and neck tattoos with a cheeky grin and a bounce in his step while Cian McGarrigle casts a jaundiced eye on regrets, conspiracy theories and the problems of a stable childhood.
JULY 4TH - 6TH • 8PM • DOYLES • €5
CONOR O’TOOLE THE FONT & THE FURY The curious comedian Conor O’Toole performs a collection of his best routines including sections from the acclaimed Manual of Style and the upcoming Conor O’Toole; or the Modern Whale. If you like typography, caustic music, and animal whimsy then this is for you. ‘If good comedy is about finding humour in the smallest, most unlikely of places, then Conor O’Toole is set for big things indeed’ **** FEST
JULY 11TH • 6PM • 90 MINS • INTERNATIONAL BAR • €5
CONOR O’TOOLE & SIMON MULHOLLAND VICTORY OVER THE SUN A compendium of things Conor and Simon have been working on, Victory Over the Sun promises to be a box of delights. The delights include stand up, sketches, videos, songs, and maybe other things (like a deadly quiz). And if you don’t like any of the delights, sure the box is nice isn’t it? And the wrapping paper, you could use that again.
JULY 8TH • 6.30PM • 60 MINS • THE INTERNATIONAL BAR • €5
DAVID O’DOHERTY WORK IN PROGRESS David O’Doherty has written a new show. But he’s not confident enough in it yet to charge people more than a tenner in to see it.
JULY 9TH • 10PM • MAIN SPACE @ SMOCK ALLEY • €10
Derek Ryan Time Lord In his Edinburgh Festival hit stand-up show; Derek Ryan reveals the origin of the alarm clock, why the Irish are always late and the secret to time-travel. Time flies. We’re all going to crash and die. Meet the pilot. “Questions we all think about late at night but it’s unlikely anyone has made them so hilarious before!” - ThreeWeeksEdinburgh **** “Entertaining & Hilarious” - Broadway Baby “Gorgeously Talented” - Kilkenny People
JULY 9TH • 6.30PM • THE INTERNATIONAL BAR • €5
FJ MURRAY STARING AT STEAKS FJ Murray is like a cross between Dermot Morgan and Gabriel Byrne. He has been steadily making a name for himself in comedy clubs from Laughter Lounge to Leitrim. Tedfest and Battle of the Axe winner 2009, he was also finalist in Bulmer’s Nothin’ Butt Funny and BBC New Comedy Awards Competitions. Television appearances include Savage Eye, Ice (RTE), and Find Me The Funny (BBC) ‘Hilarious’ - Edinburgh Evening News
JULY 7TH • 7.30PM • VINTAGE ROOM @ THE WORKMANS • €5
FOIL, ARMS AND HOG We’ve been called ‘Hogs Dogs and Legs’, ‘Bogs, Wogs and Hogs’, ‘Hog, Farm and Oats’ and our personal favourite (the person was drunk), ‘Tinfoil, Skinless and Hutch’. In the words of the Ting Tings, that’s not my name. Come see our new summer/autumn range of sketches alongside the sharper winter/spring collection. We are Foil Arms and Hog... ***** Entertainment.ie ‘Fantastic and increasingly bizarre’- The Scotsman
JULY 10TH • 8.30PM • MAIN STAGE @ THE WORKMANS • €7
FOUR MEN AND A BABY Four Men and a Baby is a stand-up comedy piece about four young men and their struggles in young adulthood. All four are highly respected in the Dublin comedy scene, and together make a show that’ll make you not only laugh but think. Admission to this event is on a ‘Pay What You Like’ basis.
JULY 4TH - 13TH • 6.30PM • HA’PENNY BRIDGE INN • €PWYL
GILES BRODY AND COLIN CHADWICK LAD LANE Since moving to Lad Lane, Colin has had trouble from his neighbours and the lane’s malevolent cat population. Landlady Noona, somewhere between Mrs Doyle and Heath Ledger’s The Joker, has his number. Next-door neighbour Pierce Brosnan is constantly borrowing money. The House Robot keeps shutting off Colin’s oxygen supply for a joke. Blending elements of sketch, soap and public service announcements, Lad Lane is 55 minutes of life affirming silliness.
JULY 8TH • 6.30PM • 55 MINS • SWEENEY’S • €5
GREG MARKS BULLIED INTO STANDUP Greg Marks is an accountant and part-time stand up comedian. There seems to be no logic as to why he wants to make people laugh until a heckle from another comedian prompts that very question, ‘Why is he doing stand up?’ Follow Greg into a self exploration of how a life of shyness, bullying, hard knocks and alcohol abuse had an unusual positive impact on giving an accountant his voice.
JULY 7TH - 8TH • 6.30PM • NO. 9 @ THE WORKMANS • €5
JAMES CURRAN I BELIEVE: GUIDE TO BEING A CATHOLIC Multi-award winning ‘Irreverent’ James Curran showcases his new act. James plays to festival audiences throughout Ireland and UK including being the headline act at the opening of Fiddler’s Green Festival the past 3 years and touring Scotland. Next stop: the Edinburgh Fringe. His CD I Believe was very well received and, as with this show, net proceeds are donated to the Hospice movement. All ticket holders receive a complimentary CD.
JULY 8TH • 7.30PM • VINTAGE ROOM @ THE WORKMANS • €10/ €5
JAMES GOLDSBURY @TWEETSPERIMENT Top stand-up comedian James Goldsbury is rubbish at technology and only recently installed Twitter on his wi-fi enabled typewriter. Normally he’d bang on for an hour and do his usual hilarious rants but now, out of the goodness of his heart, he’s letting you tweet funny subjects for a one hour comedy show. Tweet him here: @tweetsperiment and who knows, your tweets might make it into his comedy!
JULY 11TH - 12TH • 9PM • THE DUKE • €7
JAMES WALMSLEY DON’T SWIM WITH KILLER WHALES Lead singer of world beating comedy rock band Dead Cat Bounce returns to Dublin with a brand new solo show. Don’t Swim with Killer Whales comes to the Workman’s Club for one night only direct from the Sydney Comedy Festival. Expect guitar wielding comedy of the highest order. “So good that pointlessness doesn’t matter” **** - THE AGE
JULY 11TH • 8.30PM • MAIN STAGE @ THE WORKMANS • €8
JIM ELLIOTT I’M NOT FROM AROUND HERE Jim Elliott is a comedian and an immigrant. Join him for a hilarious show about the way things look in Dublin from an outsider’s perspective. Intelligent, charming comedy from a foreigner who just might be beginning to feel at home here.
JULY 9TH • 7.30PM • VINTAGE ROOM @ THE WORKMANS • €5
KEITH FARNAN FEAR ITSELF Keith Farnan (Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow) follows previous shows about Money, the Death Penalty and Women’s rights with a show about Fear. It’ll be personal, probably political and almost certainly punny. ‘Brilliant, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny’– Time Out
JULY 10TH • 6.30PM • 60 MINS • INTERNATIONAL BAR • €5
KILL THE MONSTER ‘Your Suggestion/Our Imagination... Epic Quests, Unique Stories, Relationship Woes and Killing Monsters.’ Kill The Monster are an improv group focused on comedy flowing from story and characters. They improvise short comedic plays from audience suggestions using their own unique formats. ‘The single finest comedy improv show that I have seen in my life’ – krank.ie ‘An adventure of rollicking, flowing comedy of improvisation’ – Bray Arts Journal
JULY 6TH, 11TH, 12TH • 8PM • CENTRE FOR CREATIVE PRACTICES • €8.50/€6
MARY BOURKE AND SIMON CLAYTON BOURKE AND NO HAIR Simon and Mary are married. They are comics. They are funny and it’s cheaper then a counselling session at Relate.
JULY 9TH - 10TH • 6PM • Sweeney’s • €5
MARY BOURKE MUFFRAGETTE It’s a show about feminism without all the boring preachy bits. ‘Impeccable one liners’ - GQ ‘Catch her before she becomes a cult’ - The Guardian ‘This show is truly very funny. She has a superb delivery style and the audience loved it.’ - Three Weeks ***** ‘An hour packed with fine routines and beautifully written gags’ - The Scotsman
JULY 9TH - 10TH • 7PM • Sweeney’s • €5
MATTHEW COLLINS PUZZLED This is the story of the fickle nature of fame and one puzzle-obsessed nerd trying to solve the greatest puzzle of all...the human heart. Irish comedian Matthew Collins is almost famous, but you’ve never heard of him. Described as an ‘internet expert’ and ‘reallife computer nerd’ whilst acting as resident Keyboard Wizard on BBCNI and Radio 4’s Great Unanswered Questions, Matt is also a ‘beardy weirdy’ in everyday life.
JULY 6TH • 5PM • BLACK BOX @ SMOCK ALLEY • €10
MICHAEL MEE IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S MEE Michael Mee has been described by Time Out New York as ‘Woody Allen with a Cork brogue’ and has toured with Des Bishop. TV credits include The Savage Eye, The Late Late Show and The World Stands Up (Paramount). ‘Superb’- Hot Press ‘He is certainly on a par with Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran’- Dublin Event Guide ‘The brightest Irish comedy talent of recent times’ - Sunday Times
JULY 7TH • 6.30PM • 60 MINS • INTERNATIONAL BAR • €7
NEIL CURRAN NEIL + 1 Neil +1 is a unique improv comedy show starring Neil and a random audience member. Completely unplanned and improvised, an audience member is invited up on stage and becomes part of this comedy theatre show!
JULY 7TH • 5PM • BLACK BOX @ SMOCK ALLEY • €10
PAUL CURRIE STICKY BIVOUAC II Absurdist, high-energy comedy. Feast your eyes on the bizarre, unique and delicate world of Paul Currie. ‘There was something extra original about this guy – it was like watching the Monty Python version of stand up comedy.’ ***** Fringe Guru ‘Paul Currie mesmerised the audience. Currie makes sadists of us all, as never has watching another’s turmoil been such fun.’ ***** The New Current
JULY 11TH - 13TH • 6.30PM • Sweeney’s • €10
ROB STEARS THE AWKWARDNESS OF MAN Natural selection means a species best traits are passed along generations. If thats true wouldn’t all men be alpha males by now? What about the guys who trip, stumble and faux pas their way through life? Is awkwardness a result of natural selection and if so, what’s the point of it?
JULY 4TH • 6.30PM • NO.9 @ THE WORKMANS • €5
ROBBIE BONHAM TOO BIG TO TAKE IN Could life’s little problems with love and addiction be indicative of a much larger universal battle going on? Are we drawn by the same forces repeatedly and doomed to make the same mistakes? Or are we just the universe learning to love itself? And why all the assholes? An hour isn’t long enough, but it’s all I have!
JULY 10TH - 11TH • 7.30PM • VINTAGE ROOM @ THE WORKMANS • €5
ROBERT COYLE 42: MY LIFE, MY UNIVERSE, MY EVERYTHING Douglas Adams said the answer to the question of Life, the Universe and Everything is 42. Adams was wrong. I’m 42. I barely know anything. Please come listen to me bluff my way through the meaning of life, the universe and everything for an hour. Believe me I don’t know everything. I don’t even know what bees smell like, but I know it’s not 42. I’m dreading 43. ‘’...he is funny, charming and astute in an enlightening kind of way.’ - The Skinny
JULY 13TH • 6.30PM • NO.9 @ THE WORKMANS • €5
RONAN LINSKEY REUNION; LEAVING PARTY I can say that the words ‘Hello’ and ‘Goodbye’ will definitely both feature at some point in this show, so if you enjoy hearing them you’ll enjoy at least 2 seconds of it... ‘Super sharp...a talent to watch’ - Belfast Telegraph Support comes from Comedian 21-02-3011, who has no record of how this gig went.
JULY 7TH • 6.30PM • Sweeney’s • €6
RORY O’HANLON DON’T DRINK, DON’T SMOKE Don’t Drink, Don’t Smoke is the hilarious stand up comedy show from one of the rising stars of Irish comedy: Rory O’Hanlon. A one hour show filled with belly aching laughs describing how one man is surviving life without two of the country’s most popular pastimes. If you are looking for fun filled hour of brilliant storytelling which will have you crying with laughter, this show is not be missed.
JULY 4TH • 6.30PM • 60 MINS • THE INTERNATIONAL BAR • €5
SALLY-ANNE HAYWARD Hey! Are you awaiting my next tweet? Probably not. I’ll tell some jokes instead. This award winning comedian is coming to Dublin for the very first time! ‘Sally-Anne’s show fizzes with laughter and love’ - Arthur Smith ‘Exceptionally funny’ - The Independent. **** - Three Weeks **** - Skinny
JULY 9TH - 10TH • 6.30PM • NO.9 @ THE WORKMANS • €5
SAMEENA ZEHARA TEA WITH TERRORISTS ‘A warmly witty hour…astonishing, and frequently violent’ - The Independent Stories from a life that straddles two very different cultures; arguing with mullahs, being an atheist in a religious, liberal family, planning the perfect murder, wandering the green zone in war-torn Kabul and having tea with some terrorists in Kashmir. Journey with Sameena to find out why fear is redundant, joy is essential, and terrorists can be a real hoot.
JULY 5TH - 6TH • 6.30PM • Sweeney’s • €7
STELLA GRAHAM A PINT OF STELLA How can a bad haircut start a fight? Join Stella Graham on a hilarious journey from Coventry to Los Angeles, Thailand, New Zealand and beyond. Work in progress, no passport needed. **** - FringeGuru. ‘If you’re a TV executive, drop what you’re doing and go see her now.’ - The Skinny ‘Fun and original...everything a good comedian should be: self-assured, likeable and, crucially, funny.’ - Broadway Baby
JULY 5TH - 6TH • 6.30PM • NO.9 @ THE WORKMANS • €5
THE GINGERBEARD MEN A night of stand-up, theatre, live music from singer/songwriters and acid-toned acoustic pop/ R&B like you’ve never seen. A blend of musical talent, theatre and humour, this show has something for everyone. Featuring the wonderful Tara Stacey, the fabulous Steven Sharpe and the hilarious Steve Bennett. The Gingerbeard’s show is not to be missed.
JULY 13TH • 7.30PM • THE VINTAGE ROOM @ THE WORKMANS • €5
T HE PO TAT O LIVE AND MASHED They’ve been sued by Sinead O’Connor, MCD, The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and are responsible for getting Justin Bieber refused from Copperface Jack’s - now you have a chance to catch the contributors of Ireland’s biggest and most successful comedy site in action. For one night only join Andrew Stanley, Al Porter, Donal Vaughan, Cormac Moore and loads more in this exclusive stand up comedy showcase.
JULY 7TH • 9PM • BLACK BOX @ SMOCK ALLEY • €7/€5
THE THREE FRIENDS The Three Friends began as a concept for a YouTube series which took plotlines from 1980s shit-com ‘Perfect Strangers’ and retold them in 5 minutes. The live show aims to capture that simplicity and stupidity. It will feel like three friends got together over the weekend and devised a show to entertain their other friends. With singing, dancing, obvious, well worn sketches, and of course jokes. Dumb but beautiful.
JULY 10TH, 12TH, 13TH • 8.30PM • SITEATION • €8
TOM ‘THE BEAR’ O’MAHONEY AN ENDANGERED IRISH SPECIES In a world ravaged by limp-wristed gamers, cosmetics for men, light beer and tight trousers, An Endangered Species kicks the door of EmoHipster Land off its bloody hinges. Tom ‘The Bear’ O’Mahony is one of the last remaining REAL Irish men so if like him you’ve had enough of these shiny-chested, eyebrow-plucked nancies, come on a comedy ass-kicking hunt. Bring yer helmet and gumshield. It’s probably gonna hurt.
JULY 5TH • 6.30PM • 60 MINS • THE INTERNATIONAL BAR • €5
TOMIE JAMES SUPER ORGANIC ME Go on an organic journey that fuses standup and presentation in this Irish comedian’s debut show about diets, advertising, supermarkets,super organic markets, organic farming, farming, GMO, GIY and our food chain. After being diagnosed with a food allergy he went try and find the cause and ended up going completely organic. If you shop in a supermarket you need to see this show. Winner of the Galway Comedy Festival Smackdown.
JULY 7TH • 7PM • CORNUCOPIA • €5
TREVOR BROWNE GOD’S CHOICE Trevor Browne returns to 10 Days in Dublin with another hour of unbelievable music, consummate storytelling and halting stage presence. Come see why Trevor Browne is God’s Choice. ‘one-liner-loaded stand up show which delivered often hysteric laughs’ **** - Fringe Guru Trevor is RTE Comedy Awards Finalist, Comedy Ireland Finalist and was selected as a Magners Comedy Festival Best Act.
JULY 12TH • 6.30PM • 60 MINS • THE INTERNATIONAL BAR • €7
ZOCORRO’S COMEDY WALKING TOUR Zocorro, the Spanish masked Beauty Queen, brings you on a giggling tour of Dublin. Historical sites such as the public telephone booth where a handsome young man asked her for spare change, and the bus stop where she was spat on by a pensioner for being a hussy. Intimate and emotional at times. See Dublin through the heroic, quixotic mask of Zocorro. www.zocorro.com
JULY 6th, 11TH • 12 NOON • MEET AT CENTRAL BANK • €10/€8
Looking for COMEDY tickets? There are three ways to book tickets:
at the Box Office, 9 Wellington Quay, D2 or at the venue on the night if tickets are still available
at 015543635 and 015546255 We look forward to seeing you!
Published on Jul 3, 2013
The programme for the Comedy section of the 10 Days in Dublin arts festival. It features a mixture of some of Ireland's most exciting comedi...