It’s been two years since Ireland said yes to marriage equality.
To celebrate we compiled a list of some of the most talented and funniest Irish LGBTQ comedy writers, performers and broadcasters. It is by no means the full or definitive list and if you can add or offer insights into more talent great to hear from you.
Why don’t we start with one of the hottest young comedy acts in the world!
Al Porter is just 23 years old and already has made a big impact on the comedy circuit in Ireland and the UK. He’s gone from wanting to be a priest to telling jokes about his sex life as a young gay man to multiple sold out festival appearances and live Vicar Street shows in Dublin. His RTE pilot aired in December 2015, he sold out a London theatre run in January 2016 & starred in Michael McIntyre’s hit BBC stand up series soon after. Al has recently emerged as a hugely bright, entertaining and insightful TV guest with Brendan O’Connor on RTE One and also stars on the radio comedy panel series DON’T QUOTE ME! on RTE Radio 1.
Cork native Graham Norton is easily one of the most recognizable TV show hosts and the most successful Irish broadcaster on our screens. Most will remember him as Father Noel Furlong in Fr Ted.
Gearoid Farrelly’s comedy career took after winning the Bulmers Nuthin Butt Funny Newcomer competition at the Bulmers festival in Dublin in 2008. Now he is touring all over Ireland and the UK. He recently recorded a full half hour radio half hour for RTE Radio 1 and Sideline’s Comedy Showhouse. Here he is live on UK series One Night Stand.
Her father was from Donegal and her mothers family traces back to Kildare so that’s enough for us to claim her as one of our own! Here’s Rosie talking to one of the most influential gay women in the world Ellen Degeneres as she hinted to her viewers about her sexuality, joking that she may possibly be Lebanese.
Impressionist Oliver Callan was accused of being homophobic after some making some controversial comments on Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin. To clear his name he came out on live television stating – “Let’s get one thing straight, I’m not homophobic, I’m gay.”.
Rory O’Neill, better known as Panti Bliss has become a renowned figure for the LGBT community all over the world. The Queen of Ireland stands up for gay rights by day and does her thing on stage by night at her Panti Bar on Dublin’s Capel Street. Her rousing speech on stage at the Abbey Theatre is worth googling / seeing if you haven’t already watched and admired. Here she is on RTE Two’s Republic of Telly
Recently featured in our No.1 Watch Series we couldn’t not mention Riyadh. This lad is one Ireland’s leading activists for LGBT rights and he also let’s his Mam scroll through his Grindr.
Eilish O’Carroll claims that she was ‘a homophobe until I came out during my forties‘. Also known as Winnie McGoogan in Mrs Browns Boys, Brendan’s sister spent the last two years touring her one woman show ‘Live, Love, Laugh’.
There ya have it sisters and brothers. Watch out for our Gay Pride comedy update in 2017!
If you have more LGBT sketches, acts and performers on your list let us know and send to firstname.lastname@example.org