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The Best Irish Comedy On TV This Christmas

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Be prepared! Maybe it’s bye bye to Netflix and YouTube for a week or so and this Xmas get back to watching TV screens with loved ones – plus the odd misfit of a neighbour or relation. And nothing is more enjoyable than sharing a laugh and we here in grintage thought it would be a wee Xmas present to you all to compile the best Irish TV comedy of Xmas and NY.

Well, you’re in for a treat because this Christmas Irish television is overflowing with home grown comedies.

Most anticipated are two RTE shows. The first is on the main channel at 10.30pm on December 27th and as befits his legend as Ireland’s master of comedy Tommy Tiernan returns to our screens with the brilliantly titled … The Tommy Tiernan Show – adapting his 2FM show where he has no idea who his guests are for a once-off special. A few days before that The Al Porter Show – yes you’ve guessed right again – features the new star of Irish comedy Al Porter. Filmed at the fabulous Olympia Theatre it debuts on Christmas Eve at on RTE2 at 9.45pm promising a non-stop spectacle of stand-up, ventriloquism, showgirls and more.

Check out the trailer:

And if you are staying over with the parent, the parents or the in-laws you can’t get away from Mrs Browns Boys. There’s not one but TWO specials (Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve) plus a screening of Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie on Christmas Day on both BBC1 and RTE1.

TV3 has stolen the headlines though as another man dressed up as a woman Panti AKA The Queen of Ireland delivers his/her state of the nation address at 3pm on Xmas Day. Could be both moving and reflective too. And Rory pops up again on RTE2 as she/he takes a look back at a momentous year for Ireland in Panti Does 2015. And there’s more – over Xmas RTE2 offers the Republic of Telly yuletide special; a promising new Cork-centric comedy pilot called Sketch! and the compilation show Apres Match Of The Day – The Best Bits. 

The Rubberbandits are always a good watch and listen – the Limerick duo have their own half hour show exploring their unique and crazy world of 1916 and Irish history. Don’t miss it 11pm RTE2 on NYE.

Movie wise there are two Xmas stand outs both boosting Irish comedy gold. This week – Tuesday 22nd in fact – Alan Partridge: Alplha Papa is on BBC2 at 10.30pm. It’s a very funny caper with Steve Coogan co-starring with the always impressive Colm Meaney. It’s all based around the familiar celebrity world of local radio in Norwich on the east coast of England. Wexford born & multi BAFTA award winning Declan Lowney – Fr. Ted; Cold Feet; HELP; Moone Boy – directs. Meaney also stars in Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments on TV3 on New Years Day at 9pm. Filmed in Dublin this a rare Irish comedy film classic and helmed by the virtuoso and brilliant Alan Parker it is as Irish and as international as you can get spawning hit singles, live tours, a West End musical and a range of fresh stars. Watch out for a great cast of new Irish comedy screen talent including Bronagh Gallagher and Sean Hughes.

Not forgetting big UK TV shows hosted by own Dara O’Briain (Mock The Week Xmas Special Monday 21st 10pm BBC Two) and Graham Norton (NYE BBC1 10.45pm). Dara also is a guest of Michael McIntyre Big Christmas Show (Xmas Day 10.25pm).So let’s celebrate and support an impressive array of Irish Comedy writing, directing, producing and performing talent on screen during the holidays.

Share and share alike. Happy viewing.

 

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