Here are some of the best comedy gigs around Ireland in 2019.
January 3 – April 26 Pat Shortt: Hey!
Following the sell-out successes of ‘The Hall’, ‘Selfie’ and ‘How’s Tings?’ and fresh from starring roles in the hit play ‘A Skull In Connemara’ and the film ‘The Belly of The Whale’, Ireland’s best-loved comedian takes to the road with his latest quirky look at Irish life.
January 16 – May 5 Danny O’Brien: Lock-In
With complete sell-out solo shows from 2015-2017 in Whelans and fresh from several sell-out festival shows- including a month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, O’ Brien returns for one night only this November before embarking on a huge International tour in 2019. Don’t miss this lock in!
Jan 18 – Mar 16: Kevin McGahern Solo Polo Tour
With the Solo Pollo Tour, the silver-tongued Cavan native promises a mix of traditional stand-up, character-based comedy and lovely funny songs. Kevin talks about his first year of marriage, dying with flatmates, avoiding getting shot in America, how to get away with drunk driving and how to survive a terrorist attack.
Jan 24 – Mar 30th Chris Kent Looking Up
Chris has spent the past year balancing comedy with being a stay at home dad and trying to grow a beard. He has also removed the word “mate” from his vocabulary as it takes too much effort to say in an Irish accent.
Jan 25 – Mar 30: Alison Spittle Makes A Show Of Herself
Alison is doing a second tour and a second night in Vicar St, she’s very excited and has warned her family not to heckle her this time. She’s looking forward to discovering new towns, friendly people and the fresh delights of the new service stations across the country.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously
January 24, National Concert Hall, Dublin
An evening with the great explorer sounds like just the ticket to break up the flabby gloom of January hibernation. Not only has Fiennes done it all – reached every pole, peak, and dangerous pursuit he set his mind to – but he’s able to relate the experiences in gripping, matter-of-fact language. Expect the teak-tough old dog to politely grumble about how bloody safe exploration is now in the age of GPS and Google Maps. nch.ie
Feb 1st – April 26th The 2 Johnnies Get Loose
Fresh off the back of 2 sells out nights of their live podcast show in Dublin, their Xmas show in Whelan’s sold out to full capacity in 24 hours and now the boys set off on the high roads and highways of Ireland for their first-ever-nationwide tour.
Feb 8th – David McSavage: National Treasure
David McSavage is a self-proclaimed national treasure. It has been said he is to comedy what the Abbey is to theatre. Maybe because he believes he’s more important than he is, or that the majority of the country doesn’t care about him.
But unlike the Abbey theatre, Davids best days aren’t behind him, his intention for this new show which he has yet to write is for you the audience member to feel “wow that was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, it was so original, courageous, and yet very flawed. I would really like to be his friend”
The Blindboy Podcast Tour
March 4, Vicar St, Dublin
Now situated somewhere between high priest of the zeitgeist and arch raconteur, Blindboy Boatclub’s plastic facade is now an icon of post-Recession social commentary. A large part of the brand lies in his wildly popular podcasts which have a canny ability to wander seamlessly between stream of consciousness and deep analysis of a range of serious issues. If you’re quick, you might nab a ticket to this Vicar Street recording to see for yourself. He’s also at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on February 15. vicarstreet.ie / royaltheatrecastlebar.ie
March 13, National Concert Hall
The potential is here for something that will remain with the audience long after the house lights have gone up. Mayer’s background as a journalist, political analyst and Women’s Equality Party co-founder equips her with a wry and piercing take on inequality, injustice and “sound-bite culture in a messy world”. She appears as part of NCH’s Words+Ideas series, and it also features evenings with Everything I Know About Love author and podcaster Dolly Alderton, ex-Slits guitarist Viv Albertine, and best-selling author Matt Haig (Reasons to Stay Alive, Notes on a Nervous Planet). www.nch.ie
April 30th Jonathan Van Ness
April 26th: Joanne McNally: Gleebag
Ireland’s comedy sweetheart (self-titled) will perform her first ever Vicar Street headline gig. She has supported other comedians in Vicar Street before because she’s generous with her time and they needed her, but this will be the first time she can clean out the fridge in the green room without the staff asking her questions about where she’s taking it all and that’s exciting!
May 1st Tom Stade I Swear To
Following last year’s smash-hit UK & IRE tour, Canadian comedy legend Tom Stade is back with a new show. Welcome back to ‘I SWEAR TO…’ as an hour just wasn’t long enough…
Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, join Tom as he continues to figure out exactly where he fits into this emerging new world of feelings and FaceTime. Just when did he, and all his stuff become vintage? And why didn’t he see it coming?
May 1st – 4th Riot
The award-winning theatrical explosion has set hearts and minds alight all over the globe, and it’s coming home to Vicar Street for 6 shows only from 1-4 May as the headline show of Dublin Dance Festival.
May 17th – Stewart Francis Into The Punset
The star of ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Crackerjack’ embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour EVER!!! See him before he heads off…INTO THE PUNSET.
May 30th Daniel Sloss: X
Fast becoming one of the world’s biggest comedy names, Daniel’s last smash-hit tour spanned 150+ shows across 28 countries around the globe. He has performed on US TV’s ‘Conan’ a record 8 times, sold out 11 consecutive Edinburgh Fringes (where he has been one of the biggest comedy ticket sellers for the past 8 years), and played 9 solo sold-out seasons in London’s West End as well as 3 seasons off-Broadway in New York. Daniel has been featured on Comedy Central’s ‘Roast Battles’ and ‘Drunk History’, ITV’s ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’, gave a ‘Tedx’ Talk (aged 19) and recorded 2 full-length comedy specials.
June 8th Patton Oswalt
This past October, Oswalt released his special Annihilation on Netflix to critical acclaim as he addressed his own devastating loss and dealing with the unexplainable, while making it all painfully funny. Last year, he won the Emmy for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special” for his sixth comedy special Talking for Clapping (Netflix).
July 4th – Tommy Tiernan Paddy Crazy Horse
Back on the road again Tommy Tiernan has a new show. He rants and raves, he dances and acts. He tries to be very silly and very serious at the same time. He mixes a love of comic rebellion and a refusal to be conscripted into a rational view of the world with a deep grá for talking and the poetry of everyday speech. Using high theatricality and lots of dirty words, this is a fast-paced and exuberant celebration of everything that’s wild, wrong and wonderful about being alive right here, right now. It is by turns clever and then really stupid. BE THERE!
Septemer 27 – Ben Elton
Ben Elton is a multi-award winning novelist, playwright, television writer, screenwriter and lyricist. He is also a theatre, screen, and TV Director, a stand-up comedian and a very occasional actor.
14 – 16 November – Eddie Izzard
Five years after his last comedy tour FORCE MAJEURE made comedy history having played 45 countries including all 50 US States AND in four languages, making it the most extensive comedy show ever, EDDIE is back to his roots with an all-new rather personal show which expands on his own very unique, totally surreal view of life, love, history and his ‘theory of the universe’.
22 November – Russell Kane The Fast and The Curious
Russell’ s RS Turbo laugh engine will motor through love, family and life – once again proving that the fast and the curious amongst us, see more stuff, and get more done.
December 07 – Romesh Ranganathan
Fresh from The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, A League Of Their Own and Judge Romesh, he’s putting showbiz aside to deliver a carefully-curated selection of all the things he has found unacceptable since his last tour, including why trying to save the environment is a scam, why none of us are truly free, and his suspicion that his wife is using gluten intolerance to avoid sleeping with him.