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After a change of date & a change of venue I was a little concerned that the 2012 Craic Attack final would struggle to attract enough of a crowd to make the evening successful. But as I squeezed my way into a seat in The Bad Ass Café on Wed 7th Nov. it was clear my worries were unfounded. The room was stuffed full of comedy enthusiasts & there were even some familiar faces in the crowd, including The International Comedy Club’s resident MC Aidan Bishop, who had clearly turned out to support the up & coming comedians who would be participating in the competition.
The line up for the evening was comprised of Emmet Quinn, Conor Neville, Sean Nolan, Matthew Collins, Al Porter, The Princes of Lagos, Annabel O’Connell, Emmanuel Idama, Cormac Moore and Rob Stears. The role of MC belonged to none other than Andrew Stanley. It was evident from the onset that Stanley has plenty of experience as an MC & he confidently kept the audience focused & in the mood for comedy over the course of the night.
The collection of finalists was an interesting one and there was no differentiation between the finalists who were chosen by the judges and those who made it thanks to audience votes. I felt this was the fairest approach to take as it resulted in all the comedians being received equally by the Bad Ass crowd.
The talent in this year’s Craic Attack competition certainly was stiff and it’s very exciting to see such a fantastic line up for the final which will be held on the new date of Wednesday 7th November.
So the finalists have been decided and here they are:
Emmanuel IdamaPrinces Of Lagos
So due to unforseen circumstances we are moving the date of the final to Nov 7th – All tickets purchased will still be valid on that date instead. You can get your tickets for the new date here http://www.tickets.ie/event.aspx/craic-attack-final-2012-laughter-lounge-dublin-28-October-2012/YVPKL and details of the event are here https://www.facebook.com/events/119436081542087/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
This weekend sees one of the greatest festivals to hit Ireland. Electric Picnic. Did you think we forgot about it? How could we? It has a comedy tent!! Quite an impressive one at that we might add! Boasting names such as Patrick Kielty who is performing his only Irish tour date at the Picnic.
The Comedy tent aims to cater for all tastes and includes comedians from each genre such as The Steve Frost Improv All Stars for all you imrov lovers out there to David O’Doherty and Dead Cat Bounce for all you musical comedy lovers. Eric Lalor, Danny Dowling and Fred Cooke are fighting fit in the stand up corner.
The Picnic also aims to give new and up and coming comedians a chance to shine so this year new comers like Tomie James and Shazwanda are taking to the stage!
The Comedy tent is open for business on Saturday and Sunday from 1.30pm and will be held together by your charming MC’s Andrew Stanley and Damian Clarke.
So if you are travelling to Electric Picnic this weekend and need some TLC on the afternoon after the night before why not pop in to the comedy tent and laugh that headache away eh?
Full details of the line up can be found here
We’re back and we’ve brought you some more faces you’ll recognise from the t.v. who will be making an appearance in the Iveagh Gardens as part of the Vodafone Comedy Festival (26th-29th July).
Fred Cooke (aka Fergus from Spar) is a regular fixture on the Irish comedy scene. Resident co-host of Mish Mash in the International bar every Tuesday night Fred combines musical comedy with straight forward stand-up to create a unique and memorable comedy experience. Catch him on Thurs 26th @ 9.30pm (Comedy Hub) and Fri 27th @10pm (Big Red).
Andrew Stanley is the other resident co-host of Mish Mash. Well-known around the Irish comedy scene Andrew has performed in venues worldwide to raucous laughter and rapturous applause. With his quick-witted comedy and ability to humourously interact with any given audience Andrew is bound to make you laugh. See him on Sat 28th @4.30pm (Comedy Hub).
Bernard O’Shea has risen to fame in recent times as the resident news reader on RTE’s Republic of Telly, but he is a popular face on the stand-up circuit too. His 2008 Edinburgh debut received rave reviews and he is bringing his fast-talking comedy to 2 shows during the Vodafone comedy festival; Thurs 26th @7.30pm (Big Red) and Fri 27th @7.30pm (Big Red).
Karl Spain is probably best known for his tv show ‘Karl Spain wants a Woman’, but since he found his woman he has been busy performing stand-up in a wide variety of clubs at home and abroad. Quick witted and described as ‘achingly funny’ by The Sunday Times Karl can be found on stage on Sat 28th @9.30pm (Big Red) and Sun29th @8pm (Comedy Hub).
Service with a Smile was one of the new shows on offer at this years Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny. Always a fan of innovation and imagination I decided to pop in and see what the show was all about for myself.
On entering the venue, Langton’s Set Theatre, I immediately noticed 5 chairs arranged in a semi-circle on the stage so it was easy enough to figure out the number of comedians we could expect to be part of the show! As for who they were, that would be revealed soon enough…
Karl Spain took to the stage first and explained that the idea behind the show was to have a bunch of comedians sharing stories from their former working lives with each other and the audience, hopefully with hilarious results. There was also an opportunity for audience members to volunteer their worst working experiences, which resulted in rather a strange abattoir tale or two? Thankfully Karl moved swiftly on and welcomed the remaining four comedians to the stage; Colin Murphy, Gearoid Farrelly, Adam Hills and Andrew Stanley.