Neil Delamere, Deirdre O’Kane, Martin Angolo. MC Karl Spain
Neil Delamere, Deirdre O’Kane, Martin Angolo. MC Karl Spain
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
Karl Spain has been a staple of Irish stand-up comedy for twenty years.
In 2005, Karl achieved nationwide renown for his TV series Karl Spain Wants A Woman. This was a huge success in that he not only got huge ratings but he also found himself a woman. In 2009 he filmed Karl Spain Wants to Rock but did not get a woman from that show. He has also appeared on Liffey Laughs, The Late Late Show, The Panel, Tubridy Tonight, The Afternoon Show and The Offside Show and Operation Transformation. Most recently, Karl was the face of the Ray Darcy Show’s Stand Up and Be Funny Competition, a country wide search for the new voices of Irish comedy.
Karl has also performed stand up on television all over the world – the U.S, the Middle East, Australia and even as far away as England.
Karl’s radio work includes Don’t Quote Me with the late Sean Hughes for RTÉ Radio 1 and You Couldn’t Make It Up for Newstalk.
He regularly performs at festivals such as Kilkenny Cat Laughs, the Galway Comedy Festival, the Vodafone Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal Just for Laughs. Karl has toured Australia as well as the United States and South Africa.
In 2019 Karl toured internationally with Kevin Bridges. He also performed around Ireland with Bernard O’Shea in their show, Fat Chancers.
Martin Angolo is an award winning Irish comedian who is a regular at comedy clubs and festivals all over Ireland and the UK. He appeared on RTE 2 panel show ‘Clear History’ in 2021 and ‘The Deirdre O’Kane Show’ for SKY. He has written and performed comedy for BBC radio, hosts his own podcast “The Substantial Meal” and has had millions of views weekly as a regular contributor of the “Try” Youtube channel. He has supported comedians Eric Andre, Marc Maron, Aziz Ansari and David O’Doherty on their tours. His own live shows play to full rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and sells out all over Ireland, Europe and America.
Award-winning comedian Neil Delamere is one of the top acts working in the Irish comedy scene today, well known to audiences for his regular television appearances on RTE and the BBC as well as his hilarious sell-out stand up tours.
With stellar reviews as well as a number of platinum-selling DVDs under his belt, Neil has turned his attention to comedy documentaries, writing and presenting IFTA Award- and Celtic Media Award-winning TV programmes on the Vikings and St. Patrick. His four part series on heroes from Ireland’s past, Holding out for a Hero, was recently broadcast as part of RTE 2’s autumn schedule.
“No TV camera could accurately measure the lightning speed of Delamere’s wit.”
— The Irish Times
Never one to sit around, Neil is also back in the hot seat with The Blame Game, the perennially popular BBC panel show, back for its 14th season in 2018. He is a regular panellist on BBC 5 Live’s Fighting Talk and recently appeared on BBC 4’s The News Quiz.
“You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe *****”
— The Scotsman