Andrew Maxwell, Gearóid Farrelly, Julie Jay. MC Colin Murphy
Andrew Maxwell,Gearóid Farrelly, Suzi Ruffell. MC Colin Murphy
- Colin Murphy
Colin is a Belfast based stand-up comedian, TV presenter, writer and actor. He has ben an almost permanent fixture on television screens in the north and south of Ireland for over two decades.
He started out in the early ninties in the infamous Empire Laughs Back Comedy club and the Queens Comedy Club in Belfast. In fact he was the resident host of the Queens Comedy Club for over 20 years.
He has played the Edinburgh festival many times. The first was as an actor with Sightlines Theatre Company in a production of Dogman, a reworking of Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov, in 1995. He returned the following year as a stand up and performed runs there until 2004. He has played all the major comedy festival in the world including Melbourne, Montreal, New York, Dublin and Kilkenny.
Colin’s first regular TV gig was in 2001 as the host and co-writer of the critically acclaimed cult satirical television and film review show, The Blizzard Of Odd on RTE 2 in Dublin.
His next major TV show was as a regular on The Panel in 2004, a topical news show again on RTE 2. The original line up included Dara O’Briein, Ed Byrne, Andrew Maxwell and Colin.
On the BBC Colin appeared in a variety of network shows. As a stand-up and as an actor. He acted in two episodes of the BAFTA winning comedy series People Like Us. On ITV appeared alongside Ardal O’Hanlon in Big Bad World.
On the Big screen he featured in the Belfast set award winning movie, Divorcing Jack with David Thewlis and The Most Fertile Man in Ireland with James Nesbit.
He is best known in Northern Ireland as a regular panellist on the award winning topical news comedy show The Blame Game, which has been running since 2005.
He tours regularly and in 2020 began recording a Podcast,
Colin Murphy’s Diversion Tactics.
Colin is also an artist and has had his work exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin and the Royal Ulster Academy in Belfast.
- Gearoid Farrelly
Gearóid Farrelly’s comedy career got off to a flying start when in the space of a few short weeks he was a finalist in the prestigious “So You Think You’re Funny?” competition at the Edinburgh Festival and winner of Bulmers Nuthin Butt Funny Newcomer competition at the Bulmers festival in Dublin.
A polished live performer, Gearóid’s stand-up appearances for television include “Stand & Deliver”, “Tonight With Craig Doyle” and as a guest of Ardal O’Hanlon for Dave’s “One Night Stand”. In 2012 he made his solo debut at the Edinburgh Festival with his show “Turbulence” winning a five star review in the process (read it here).
He was then invited to support comedy royalty and living legend Joan Rivers for the Dublin dates of her “Now or Never” tour, following these dates Joan Rivers once again asked him to open for her at one of the largest venues on her UK tour, which was filmed for her reality show.
He recently toured the UK as a support act for Sarah Millican. He is a regular at all major Irish festivals. He toured Ireland many times with Neil Delamere in Ireland. In 2019 he supported Patton Oswalt for his Irish tour dates.
Gearóid is the host of the popular podcast “Fascinated” where he chats to people he is a big fan of about their career and work. The series is a must for fans of 90s pop culture. He has interviewed Grammy Winners, Emmy Winners, Oscar Nominees, Eurovision Winners, Tony Winners, Politicians and Olympians. Last summer he interviewed his favourite actress “Cagney and Lacey” star Tyne Daly on stage at the Galway Film Fleadh.
Recently Gearóid was nominated by the public for a GALA Award (Irish LGBT+ Awards) in the Arts and Entertainment category alongside Graham Norton and Mark Feehily from Westlife. Gearóid will be on tour with his new show “Alchemy” in 2020.
- Julie Jay
Julie Jay is a comic who has taken the comedy world by storm in recent months and already has many impressive accolades under her belt, including winning the Forbidden Fruit Comedy Search 2017 and performing at all major festivals (Body and Soul, Alltogether Now, Electric Picnic, Vodafone). She has also supported the biggest names in comedy, including Neil Delamere, Ardal O’Hanlon, Alison Spittle, has been resident support act for Tommy Tiernan on his Paddy Crazy Horse Tour and most recently has MCed the 2019 series of the Tommy Tiernan Show.
Her new show Julie Really Love Me explores her quest for validation, being childless in the state of Gilead, classroom antics, and guards. Yes, lots and lots of guards.
One of the most exciting new voices on the Irish comedy scene, her on-stage warmth accompanied by a sizeable side dish of distinctly Irish self-deprecation. Wry wit, neurotic ponderings and clever joke-writing make her an act not to be missed.