Last week we posted a feature on Irish comedy talent appearing in the Edinburgh Fringe this month!
But why travel so far when some brilliant Irish talent are right here on our doorstep! Some just hot from Edinburgh!
The Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2016 takes place from September 10th to the 25th.
It is sixteen days full of music, comedy, dance and much more! But we are here to tell you about all things comedy.
The Definitive View with Sneachta Ní Mhurchú kicks of the comedy at the festival. This is a brand new live comedy radio play in the tradition of The Goons and Scrap Saturday. Four actors perform all 71 characters, as well as every jingle, sound effect and commercial.
Hot Brown Honey: Packing a potent punch with hip hop politics, the Honeys will make you laugh until you cry, clap until your hands bleed and shake every part of what your mama gave you. This posse of phenomenal women smash stereotypes, remix the system and dare to celebrate our similarities and differences.
Who Loves You? is Andréa Farrell’s first full length stand-up show, an odyssey through the everyday struggles of love, anxiety, procrastination and growing up.
Comedian Gearóid Farrelly was listed in our Top Irish LGBTQ talent article and also starred in RTE Radio 1’s Comedy Showhouse. He loves old things; vinyl, grandparents, grudges. Everyone has that box of keepsakes or potential Cash in the Attic that they are just too mortified to clear out. But there comes a time when you have to change for the better; declutter, shred, read half a self-help book without rolling your eyes.
Paul Currie is hurtling towards Tiger Dublin Fringe for the very first time with the Irish premiere of his anarchic, bread-filled absurdist masterpiece after triumphant runs in Adelaide and Edinburgh. Enter a comedy sweat flume of mime, puppets and crowd participation on an epic scale.
Mimes in Time is brought to you by a sketch group called Dreamgun whom we have mentioned previously. It contains no mime but is full of funny talking. In the future, mimes are no longer physical theatre practitioners and have become the sole operators of the world’s time machines. Two brave mimes – who don’t really like each other – will travel everywhere and everywhen in a desperate attempt to find meaning in an infinite existence. But it’s also mostly jokes about time travel.
Fringe & grintage favourites Foil Arms & Hog return with a brand new show. You’ll learn how to speak Dublish, find your perfect stereo from a broad range of stereotypes, and thank God you’re not the tallest person in the room. A blend of bizarre, surreal and hilarious sketches, this is a show not to be missed.
Heading into the second week, Two-time Tiger Dublin Fringe Award nominee Alison Spittle (RTÉ, Sky Arts) chats to strangers on buses. Watch her harness her habit for good while talking to interesting people in front of a house band with sketches, fake adverts and stand-up. It’s a big production talk show made in someone’s front room.
After a seven-year break from stand up, during which she had babies, made a movie in Vietnam and became the mother of Moone Boy, ace performer and actress Deirdre O’Kane returns with a brand new show. Definitely older but is she wiser? What has she learned from being a stay at home mum, achieving the glory of middle-age and chasing after collagen as it attempts to leave her life forever? She reveals all (well, nearly all) in 1Dee.
The Vaudevillians: RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon and her cabaret co-star Major Scales star in bawdy, rowdy, raucous musical comedy The Vaudevillians. Wigs will fly as they perform hits from the likes of Janis Joplin and Gloria Gaynor in the style of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.
In her one hour show comedian Emma Doran explores the world through her eyes. Sarcastic, cynical, no nonsense eyes. If you enjoy jokes about sex, drinking, family and mowing down cyclists, then this is the show for you. A video favorite of grintage.
Davey Reilly: Millions of people have watched Davey eat and dress online. A year ago, he wasn’t comfortable doing these things in front of his closest friends. What changed? Find out as “one of Ireland’s funniest up-and-comers” (entertainment.ie) explores his issues with eating and body dysmorphia.
Lords of Strut: The action packed talk show that’s all talk and no action. A fantastical hour of slapstick mayhem in the guise of a TV talk show. Your hosts, the talented but idiotic brothers Sean and Seamus, host their own TV show: a dream come true. It all goes terribly wrong and hilariously right!
About a Woman: In this candid solo performance, Liz Peterson ushers the audience through dance, poetry, song and stand up comedy, performing the portrait of a woman and her demons. Peterson’s performance was a favourite of the 2015 SummerWorks Performance Festival (Toronto).
Nautilus: Critically acclaimed, award-winning Gaulier-trained clown, Trygve Wakenshaw presents his beautifully strange stream-of-consciousness idiocy in Nautilus. His hilarious hit physical comedies consistently sell out at festivals around the world.
Bite Me: This is the story of Joanne McNally’s amaaazing diet. She didn’t just lose weight though; she lost jobs, friends and fellas, but she didn’t care because she could wear bangles as belts and that’s all that mattered. Then one day, over her morning carrot, Joanne realised she’d lost her mind. Turns out it was pinned to a lost property board up in space, enjoying the view and its new found freedom. Trying to entice it back became the hardest, funniest, greatest and weirdest time of her life.
International cult comedy show FanFiction Comedy makes its Irish debut! Join stand-up comedians Heidi O’Loughlin, Steven Boyce and special guests as they delve into the creepy internet phenomenon of fan-fiction. Expect big nerdy laughs as they read freshly penned stories inspired by your favourite characters. Thurs Sep 22: Harry Potter Night. Fri Sep 23: Game of Thrones Night
Saving one of the best til last Jason Byrne’s brand new show has everything you’ve come to expect from “the outright king of live comedy” (The Times) plus ducks, false chins, portable igloos, bewildered owls and much, much more. The star of Wild Things (Sky 1) and The Snaptastic Show (TV3) has gone back to his comedy roots, probably so he can pull them up and use them as a prop as well.
For more information and tickets see Fringefest.com