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Then check out Meetup group ComedyComedy! Organised by some truly lovely folks they arrange plenty of meetups around Dublin to accommodate every budget & comedy taste. The group is a great way to meet new folks who share your love of laughter and it just so happens that they have a fantastic offer on at the moment…
Karl Spain is coming to the Laughter Lounge from Thurs15th-Sat 17th of November at a cost of €26 per show. But on Sat.17th November if you prebook your ticket with the meetup groups special code then you can get your tickets for just €12.50, that’s HALF PRICE folks! It’s not often you get to visit Ireland’s premier comedy club at such low prices and
As an added bonus, anyone there before 7:30 gets a free beer or cocktail………. so some of us will be in early (cheapskates), and we will have our own reserved area so hopefully we can all get to meet each other.
So what’s stopping you? Go join the comedy lovers who have availed of the offer already and be quick about it, the promo code is only valid until Wed 14th at 5pm!
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.
For the first time all weekend I had to join a queue to get into the gig in The Comedy Hub and with a headliner as well-known as Al Murray I can’t say I was surprised at the droves of people filing into the tent for the show. Having found a seat among the excited crowd I sat back and wondered if the evening would be worthy of the build up.
The MC for the gig was well-known Irish comedian Karl Spain. Launching straight into audience interactions with an ease that only comes from experience Spain successfully managed to find a comedic angle no matter who he spoke to. Quickly getting the room on side with relatable material and funny quips Spain prepped us well, keeping the crowd interested and laughing before introducing the first act of the evening Sammy J & Randy.
This unusual double act began their set with a metaphor battle as part of a bittersweet love song with hilarious results. Much of their set was based on the idea that they are friends conversing and involved them playing out their conflicts and stories on stage through the medium of music. With songs based on topics like secrets and forgotten tradespeople Sammy J & Randy bring a lot of unique material to their set and I really enjoyed the unexpected lyrics and witty punch lines. The amusing banter between the duo along with Randy’s exaggerate physical expression throughout the performance drew a lot of laughter from the audience and they even manged an impressive ‘improv’ song based on a member of the front row! Definitely not your usual comedy act these guys managed to bamboozle and amuse me in equal measure though the same cannot be said for some of the audience, leaving me feeling yet again that perhaps they were not best matched with the rest of the evening’s line up by the festival’s organisers. Completing their set with a lullaby with an unexpected twist Sammy J & Randy are definitely an act I would happily see again.
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).