Cat Laughs XL at The Watergate – with David O’Doherty, Andrew Maxwell, Chris Kent, Enya Martin, Áine Gallagher. MC Colin Murphy
Cat Laughs XL at The Watergate – with David O’Doherty, Andrew Maxwell, Chris Kent, Enya Martin, Áine Gallagher. MC Colin Murphy
Áine Gallagher, otherwise known as the “queen of offbeat”, is a professional stand up comedian, storyteller, writer and comedy training facilitator. She began performing comedy in 2011, in this time she has become a stand out Irish act. With her novel use of bilingual comedy, she is a leading advocate for Irish language learning and she is proud to be Ireland’s only unqualified, guerrilla Irish teacher. She is passionate about using authentic storytelling to benefit the community at large and works with many organisations to facilitate others to develop their own storytelling skills and find their own voice. Organisations she works with include; Berlin Stand Up School, Bright Club Ireland and numerous third level education bodies with a commitment to Public Engagement.
Hailing from ‘The Rebel County’ (That’s Cork for anyone outside Ireland), Chris gave up the day job as an electrician to pursue his calling in comedy. He emerged onto the Irish comedy scene in 2009 after winning the Bulmers Nuttin’ But Funny competition.
In 2010 Chris made his debut at one of Ireland’s biggest comedy festivals in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens. His compelling storytelling then went on to win him the Comedy Smack Down Award at the Galway Comedy Festival later that year.
He quickly established himself on the Irish circuit and became sought out to open for some of his favourite acts, including Dylan Moran, David O’ Doherty, PJ Gallagher and Neil Delamare to name but a few.
In 2012 Chris was listed as “One To Watch” in The Dubliner Magazine’s Red Hot and Rising and went on to make his debut at the prestigious Cat Laughs festival in Kilkenny.
In August, Chris brought his first solo show ‘Plugged In’ (‘Breathes new life into anecdotal comedy’ -The List, ★★★★ Cream of the Fringe) to the Edinburgh Festival, where he fell ill after contracting the mumps. This was initially diagnosed as ‘just Edinburgh’ by fellow comedians. However, the large lump on his face was later confirmed as a genuine illness, and not simply ‘all in his head’. He had to cancel two shows to avoid creating an epidemic, although he’s not sure anybody noticed…
Chris returned to Ireland with broken dreams but mump free, to take up his seat on RTE Radio 1’s comedy panel show The Second Republic, alongside PJ Gallagher and Neil Delamare.
After a tough debut year, which he put down to “everybody in the world being in London for the Olympics”, Chris was determined to return to Edinburgh fighting. 2013 saw him perform his second solo show ‘Second Fix’ with a full bill of health and much healthier crowd numbers. This time he only had to cancel one show due to a delayed flight, and was delighted that people did notice (albeit being a bit annoyed at him).
He returned home that year, after a much happier Edinburgh experience, with a new UK agent.
In December, Chris was chosen to support Bill Burr in Vicar Street, on his only Irish date that year. He made his Irish television debut on New Years Eve as a panelist on RTE’s Next Year’s News.
In 2014 Chris took part in an Irish documentary The Stand Ups, which followed the lives of five Irish comedians. This gave a behind the scenes glimpse into the everyday life of a comedian, and followed Chris as he prepared for his third Edinburgh solo show ‘Corked’. ‘Fresh and original material, extremely endearing performer’ ★★★★ Broadway Baby. ★★★★ Threeweeks.
In 2015 Chris made his UK TV debut on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central. Shortly afterwards, he moved to the UK to try and establish himself on the UK comedy scene, where he has quickly become a favourite at some of the top clubs.
He brought his fourth solo show ‘Stop Stalling’ (‘Original, hilarious material, Among the best acts I’ve seen ★★★★★ The Mirror) to the Edinburgh Festival.
He returned home after once again miscalculating his final shop and leaving behind half a bottle of shower gel and a box of cornflakes (unopened), and taking with him only resentment for the landlord that charged seven times the rent for an apartment that couldn’t possibly have been up any more stairs…
In 2016 Chris performed at the Perth Fringe. It was warm. He took a break from Edinburgh, assuming that “everybody in the world would be in Rio for the Olympics” and to welcome his first child into the world. He did, however, go on to do his first Irish tour with ‘Stop Stalling’, performing to sell out crowds. It was cold.
In 2017 Chris returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with his fifth show, ‘Moving On’. He also made his acting debut appearing in the BBC hit sitcom, ‘The Young Offenders’ as Conor’s Dad.
2018 saw Chris bring ‘Moving On‘ on tour around Ireland and included his biggest solo show to date at The Everyman Theatre, Cork. He then took on another acting role when he played Com in RTE’s ‘Women on the Verge‘. In August of 2018 he returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with his sixth solo show, ‘Looking Up‘.
He went on to bring ‘Looking Up‘ on tour around Ireland in the Spring of 2019 where he recorded his first live special in front of a sold out crowd at Cork’s Everyman Theatre. He then went on to open for Jim Gaffigan in Vicar Street, Dublin, later that year. He returned to Edinburgh to do a week of work in progress shows, ducking out of the full run to become a Dad for the second time.
In January 2020, Chris returned to the Perth Fringe to work on his seventh show, ‘Christy Doesn’t Live Here’. Upon his return, he went straight into his biggest tour to date, which was going better than ever until the Coronavirus f*@ked everything up!
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.
David O’Doherty is the stage name of David O’Doherty: comedian, flanneur and 1990 East Leinster under 14 triple jump bronze medalist.
He was born in Dublin at the end of 1975. He wanted to become a professional cyclist, then a professional jazz musician, but an almost complete lack of talent in these areas meant that he became a professional telemarketer, ringing up strangers to ask them to rate things out of ten.
Then in 1998 he did his first open spot at the now defunct Norseman Comedy Club in Dublin’s unfortunate Temple Bar district. In 1999 he travelled to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time and was lucky enough to win the Channel 4 So You Think You’re Funny? new act competition and with it a huge cardboard cheque with £1500 written on it. Somebody told him it was legal tender, so he took it into a bank which made the cashier almost weep with laughter. Seriously, she got the other people from round the back to come out and laugh at me. That’s the main thing he remembers about that.
In 2000 he wrote a book for children, Ronan Long Gets it Wrong that Mammoth Storybooks in London published. He performed his first full show The Story of the Boy Who Saved Comedy at the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringes where it received a nomination for Perrier Best Newcomer. It was a long winded narrative about a boy searching to find the jokes to put in his father’s Christmas crackers that should probably have been another children’s book rather than a show for grown ups. Some nights it really worked and they were among the most fun nights he has had in comedy. Other nights it tanked. Absolutely tanked. Once, during the Edinburgh run the entire audience of five people, all of whom had won their tickets through a radio giveaway, walked out.
He spent 2001 contemplating whether he really wanted to be a stand up comedian and cycling in France. He wrote some cartoons for German children’s television and a book that is still on his computer. He did a university stand up tour with Noel Fielding where, one night, the audience hated them so much, a man shouted, “STOP CONFUSING ME.” All in all, a tricky time.
But then in 2002 he went to Edinburgh with a new show “small things”, met comedians such as John Oliver, Bret McKenzie, Taika Cohen, Andy Zaltzman, Josie Long, Jemaine Clement and Daniel Kitson each doing wonderful and unique things, and decided that he definitely did want to be a stand up comedian.
At the end of 2002 he performed Saddled with his friend Bryan Quinn at Project Arts Centre in Dublin. It is the first theatrical show anywhere ever to feature live repair of audience member’s bicycles.
03/04 were spent travelling around to festivals in Melbourne, Montreal, New York, Kilkenny and Edinburgh. Gerry Mallon gave him his first headline spot at the Comedy Club in Galway and he supported musical acts such as David Kitt and some jazz artists. He wrote a radio series The Bees of Manulla with his brother Mark for Irish radio which ended up being horribly recorded and sounding terrible. He wrote a new stand up comedy show David O’Doherty Creates Something New Under the Sun which was based on a short story he had written about a lobster called Shelly. Recently animator Johnny Kelly has made a much better version of it as an animated short film. You’ll find it here: http://www.flasher.com/view_video.php?profile_id=447
In 2005 he supported Tommy Tiernan and Rich Hall on tours of Ireland and the UK. He learned a lot from them.
His 2006 show David O’Doherty is my name was nominated for the if.comedy Award at The Edinburgh Fringe and was performed in Dublin, Melbourne and New Zealand. He recorded his first live album in front of 35 people in his flat. That autumn he toured America with Demetri Martin.
2007 saw his first major Irish tour and a series of documentaries, The Modest Adventures of David O’Doherty on Irish television. As a part of the series he released a single, Orange which reached number 30 in the Irish charts. This was regarded as a failure as the aim had been to get it to 27. The series was directed by John Carney, who was just finishing the film Once which would go on to win the Oscar for best song. There have been several mix-ups where people thought Orange had won an Oscar. Orange has not yet won an Oscar.
In 2008 his new stand up show Let’s Comedy was performed in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it received the if.com Award for Best Show. That Autumn he toured across Canada with the Just For Laughs Roadshow, at one stage getting so drunk he made out with an actual frozen fish. There is a picture of this on the internet. He also performed his first play for kids I CAN’T SLEEP with Maeve Higgins.
2009 saw the launch of the book 100 Facts About Pandas, co-written with his friends Mike Ahern and Claudia O’Doherty. There’s a great website for it here:www.100factsaboutpandas.com . It came out in America in 2010 and was followed in 2011 by 100 Facts About Sharks. That has a good website too: www.100factsaboutsharks.com . He also appeared in a feature film A Film With Me in It with his brother Mark and Dylan Moran and did lots of comedy gigs, including his first major UK tour. He recorded a new album Let’s David O’Doherty in Dublin.
Since that time he has been appearing occasionally on UK television on shows such as QI, Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Would I Lie to You. He is least famous person ever to have hosted an episode of Nevermind the Buzzcocks. He is the occasional third wheel on the 2 Episodes of Mash radio show on BBC Radio 4. He
In 2011/2012 he performed his first character show Rory Sheridan’s Tales of the Antarctica in Edinburgh, Dublin and Melbourne. In June 2012 he became the first Irish comedian to have their own Comedy Central Presents show on US television.
He has written a new stand up comedy show David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything that he will tour into 2014. He is writing a new children’s book and has got back into cycling.