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It’s that time of the month again. And this Wednesday 21st Nov. there’s a cracking line-up taking over The Patriots Inn.
November, the month of moustache-related obsession for a good cause, the month where the comedy world recovers from the blow of America’s failure to elect a strange president, the month where the gates to the Underworld are thrown open and the dead stalk the land and then scuttle back to the Underworld chased by youths with fireworks.
Luckily with all these dark forces mustering, Inn Jokes is here to provide a beacon of funny light.
Foil Arms and HogThis month sees the long overdue return of Foil Arms and Hog – Ireland’s top sketch group. Fresh from a stint at the Leicester Square Theatre this week and freshish from a very successful return to top form at the Edinburgh Festival, the three lads will have you rolling in the aisles of Inn Jokes. (Well we don’t have aisles so the space near the bar and just in front of the stage. It’s not really suitable for rolling though and we’re not insured for that).
Google ranks them above Foil Insulation when searching for Foil… That’s how big they are. Check out www.foilarmsandhog.ie for other FAHFAQS.
An accomplished veteran of the comedy stage, law-lecturer-and-solicitor-turned-comedian, Mee’s good company as he brings his perfectly composed jokes to the Inn. He was described by Time Out New York as “Woody Allen with an Irish Brogue” And you can see why here
Mee also presents a great music radio show on 2XFM called Pimp My iPod.
Our final act David O’Reilly is someone to keep an eye out for. A finalist in a number of comedy competitions this year, David has also gigged all over the UK and Ireland and the States. He has shared a stage with luminaries such as Jack Whitehall and Frankie Boyle and is rapidly gaining a following for his wry observations on the world viewed through the haunted eyes of someone from Cavan.
As ever your host will be Colm O’Regan
Tis the season to get giggling, fah-lah-lah-lah-laaaaaa-lah-lah-lah-lah.
Better hurry up & get your tickets then, fah-lah-lah-lah-laaaaaa-lah-lah-lah-lah.
We’ve heard the Portlaoise comedy festival ‘Hallowe’en Howls’ is selling out fast so if you wish to see acts such as Andrew Maxwell, Colm O’Regan, Fred Cooke, Ardal O’Hanlon and Joe Rooney you’ve either got to pop into Kavanaghs Pub-Portlaoise or book online now at www.kavanaghsportlaoise.com.
When last we checked there are still tickets available for-
Saturday 7pm Show (Fred Cooke, Colm O’Regan & MC Mark Doheny) From €14
Sunday 7pm Show (Maeve Higgins & Kevin Gildea) From €14
Sunday 10pm Show (David McSavage & John Colleary) From €16
Bank Holiday Monday 9pm Show (Andrew Maxwell, Mark Doheny and Guest MC Karl Spain) From €16
Where: Kavanagh’s, Portlaoise
When: 26th – 29th October 2012
Time: varies between individual shows
Cost: €14 – €18
So finally The Comedy Scoop made it to Colm O’Regan’s InnJokes at The Patriot’s.
Despite the initial incongruity of the venue which perplexed me at first, I was pleasantly surprised at the large crowd which had descended on the venue which was unexpected to say the least even given the fact that Karl Spain was on the bill.
Colm came out and gave us his usual warm-up of colloquial chat and local paper news and of course references to “Irish Mammies”.
Unsurprisingly with a crowd containing many souls from outside the Pale this went down a hoot.
Even as a Pale-ite I was suitably impressed.
Anyway, kicking us off was Tallafornian, Simon O’Keeffe. Simon had the unenviable task of following a rather inspired opening warm-up and I could feel his tensioned nervousness as he meekly approached the stage. What was to follow was a strenuous performance of what seemed like an interminable amount of jokes about Tallaght, being from Tallaght, wearing pyjamas in Tallaght and being a single mother from Tallaght. The lack of diversity with the set ruined what could have been a good jumping board into the rest of his material. When that didn’t transpire all good-will towards the initial pieces evaporated.
It was an aged and laboured set that Simon clearly wanted to rattle through and get off the stage as quickly as possible with.
Living in London? Enjoy Irish comedy? Then this is clearly the festival for you!
The line up for this first time 3 day festival takes place in the London Irish Centre Camden and features a stellar collection of top class and emerging Irish and London Irish comedians and musical comedy acts….
Friday 12 October; winners of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, The Musical Comedy Awards and Best Comedy Newcomer at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Abandoman headline. They create hilarious musical sketches at lightning speed live in front of their audience. No two gigs are ever the same. Also headlining is Neil Delamere, one of the top acts working in the Irish comedy scene today, best known to audiences for his regular appearances on RTE’s The Panel and BBC’s The Blame Game. Abandoman and Neil are supported by Fred Cooke who has supported Ardal O’ Hanlon and played alongside Tommy Tiernan, Dara O Brian, Ross Noble & Jason Byrne. MC on the night is Willie White who got his start in comedy in 2005 on Des Bishop’s Irish TV programme ‘Joy in the Hood’. Doors open 7pm
Headliner for the evening Colum McDonnell has gigged all over the place. He’s been on The Savage Eye, Podge and Rodge and here he is on The World Stands Up on Comedy Central.
Unlike the Irish soccer team, Colum’s comedy is effortless and unlike their passes, his jokes don’t go sailing over your head leaving you baffled and angry. They are perfectly measured flighted gems that you can take easily (unless your touch is shit)
Joining Colum is Neil Hickey. Neil was on TV on The Liffey Laughs back in 2005, then took a break from comedy for a few years. He appears to have used that time to fill his head with surreal, smart, stories and jokes. His last appearance at Inn Jokes was one of those magical evenings where, when he paused at the end of joke a hyperventilating-with-laughter audience mentally made a note to thank him for the chance to breathe.
Our opening act will be Niamh Marron who also was a firm favourite with the Inn Jokes crowd when she played a year ago. Coming from the fertile comedy pastures of Monaghan, Niamh is an exciting, hilarious and energetic performer and is making waves. Less than a week after Inn Jokes she heads to London to take part in the UK and Ireland Funny women final so she’ll be in flying form (although careful to avoid any last minute metatarsal injuries)
There’ll also be a short slot from Tiny James.
Your host is Colm O’Regan.