Jason Byrne, Deirdre O’Kane, Gearóid Farrelly. MC Colin Murphy
Jason Byrne, Deirdre O’Kane, Gearóid Farrelly. MC 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.
The last few years have been something of a whirlwind for Deirdre O’Kane. She recently fronted her own talk show – Deirdre O’Kane Talks Funny – in the primetime Saturday night slot on RTÉ One and debuted a brand new standup comedy series, The Deirdre O’Kane Show, with Sky Comedy. Deirdre also appeared as a judge alongside Boy George, Aston Merrygold and Vogue Williams on the new Fox-developed talent show, The Big Deal, for Virgin Media Television.
A co-founder of Comic Relief in Ireland, Deirdre presented the critically acclaimed RTÉ Does Comic Relief which raised more than 6 million euros to help those most in need as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and reached in excess of 1.4 million viewers across Ireland. In recent years she has hosted the prestigious IFTA Film & Drama Awards (for both RTÉ and Virgin Media), and reached the finals of the national broadcaster’s top-rated entertainment show, Dancing with the Stars. Deirdre is also known as the voice of smash-hit Gogglebox (Virgin Media) which returned for a seventh season in late 2021.
One of Ireland’s favourite comedians, Deirdre never strays too far from her live stand-up roots; her new show, Demented, a box-fresh hour of side splitting laughs, is touring Ireland and the UK in 2022.
A six-time Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominee, Deirdre was awarded Best Lead Actress (Film) 2015 for her role as Christina Noble opposite Liam Cunningham, Sarah Greene and Brendan Coyle in Stephen Bradley’s feature Noble. Released in September 2014, Noble won Jury and Audience awards at the Boston Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Newport Beach Festival, Nashville and Dallas Festivals.
Other feature film credits include the BAFTA winning Festival for Channel 4, Intermission directed by John Crowley for Parallel Fims, Killing Bono directed by Nick Hamm for Cinema Three and Dollhouse, directed by Kirsten Sheridan for Factory Films.
An accomplished television actor, Deirdre starred alongside Debi Mazar and Hillary Duff in Darren Starr’s hit sitcom Younger (TV Land, US) which aired in September 2017. Other TV credits include Paths to Freedom (RTÉ) in which she played Brendan Coyle’s long-suffering wife Helen, The Clinic, Fergus’s Wedding, The Fitz, and Bittersweet. She appeared in the leading role of Debra Moone in three series of Moone Boy (Sky) opposite Peter McDonald and Chris O’Dowd, garnering Deirdre her fifth IFTA nomination in 2014.
Theatre credits include Mary in Juno and the Paycock (The Abbey), Miss Funny in At the Black Pig’s Dyke (Druid Theatre) Daphne in Present Laughter (Gate Theatre), Jean in two sold-out runs of Dandelions at the Gaiety Theatre for Landmark Productions, and her acclaimed performance in the one woman show My Brilliant Divorce (Druid).
“O’Kane quickly sets up a rhythm of her own and when she exits, applause follows her all the way down the street.” – The Scotsman
“O’Kane is an instantly charismatic stage presence and her brand of day-to-day anarchism stormed the place.” – Three Weeks
“O’Kane dazzles the audience from start to finish.” – The List
“Unique star quality.” – The Guardian
“She won the audience over from the moment she opened her mouth.” – Metro
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.
The biggest selling comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Jason Byrne’s inspired, original brand of high-energy intelligent lunacy ensures that there is no other comedian like him and his sell out shows have attracted accolades including the highly coveted Perrier Newcomer Award Nomination and the Perrier Award Nomination.
His television credits include Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Comedy Annual (ITV1), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), The Channel 4 Comedy Gala (Channel 4), John Bishop’s Only Joking (Sky One) and Anonymous (RTE2).
Jason’s radio credits include Just A Minute (BBC Radio 4), And The Winner Is…(BBC Radio 2) and of course, Father Figure (BBC2). He has also hosted three series’ of The Jason Byrne Show (BBC Radio 2), for which he won the Sony Radio Gold Award for Best Comedy in 2011.
With a growing international profile, Jason has performed in New York, Boston, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brussels, Milan, Paris and Australia.
“Full-on, doubled-up, gasping-for-oxygen hilarious”
“A comedy God”
“It’s hard to think of any other comic who matches Jason Byrne for ebullient energy and regulated chaos”
“An hour of stand-up so joyous the clinically depressed should get it on prescription”
“Outright King of live comedy”