Sideline and grintageireland.com have produced the biggest Irish radio comedy series ever commissioned for RTE Radio 1.
Comedy Showhouse Hour starts (this) Saturday 27th August at 6pm and runs for 6 weeks.
The first season of Comedy Showhouse Hour features 12 new half-hour radio comedies on RTE Radio 1 from the biggest names in Irish comedy including: Al Porter, The Nualas, Seán Hughes, Andrew Maxwell, Deirdre O’Kane, Karl Spain, Maxine Jones, Gearóid Farrelly, Amy Huberman, Aindrias De Staic, Foil Arms & Hog, Fiona Looney & Colm O’Regan.
The series was recorded at the Project Arts Centre earlier in 2016 in front of a live audience and recorded exclusively for RTÉ Radio 1. It has been produced in association with – and majority funded by – the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
Across the six weeks, the 6-6.30pm slot will feature Don’t Quote Me! – a panel show in which Perrier award-winning comic, former BBC TV’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks team captain, and all round Irish comedy legend Sean Hughes presides over two teams, headed up by Andrew Maxwell and Fiona Looney. For the 1st two weeks Fiona is joined by Ireland’s hottest comedy star Al Porter and after by Limerick writer and comedian Karl Spain. Both panels explore and dissect quotes – sometimes controversial, often offensive – across a wide range of themes, personalities and subjects designed to spark witty commentary, comic discussion and often ridiculous debate.
See backstage footage here with Al Porter & confirmed special guests –
The second half hour slot, 6.30-7pm, will feature a revolving carousel of programmes designed to challenge the mind and promote the wide comedy talent in Ireland today.
The slot will include programmes featuring The Nualas, Foil, Arms & Hog, Alison Spittle, Deirdre O’Kane, Amy Huberman, Rebecca O’Flanagan, Fiona Looney, Gearóid Farrelly, Kathleen O’Rourke, Maxine Jones, Aindrias de Staic, Sue Collins and Colm Reid.
SATURDAY AUGUST 27TH
DON’T QUOTE ME
With host Sean Hughes and actor Michael A reading the quotes. Panel Andrew Maxwell, Fiona Looney, Al Porter with special guest, legendary DJ Dave Fanning.
THE NUALA’S GREATEST HITS
When Comedy Showhouse was looking for a star act, who better than Ireland’s favourite musical comedy sensation, The Nualas. The trio have been touring their unique world of comedy since 1995 so have spent this year on a massive 21st birthday tour. Nuala, Nuala & Nuala will offer views in words and in song on the harsh, yet glamorous reality of life, love, showbiz and womanhood in 2016.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3rd
DON’T QUOTE ME
With host Sean Hughes and actor Michael A reading the quotes. Panel Andrew Maxwell, Fiona Looney, Al Porter with special guest writer and comedian Maxine Jones.
FOIL ARMS & HOG – THE RADIO SHOW
With guest presenter Alison Spittle
Regarded as the best comedy sketch group in Ireland (ever) Foil, Arms & Hog, with over 30 million views on their website and a sold out Irish & UK tour in 2016, are on the cusp of greatness. Tonight, they step back from You Tube stardom to perform an unforgettable live show with the help of fast-rising comedian Alison Spittle.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10th
DON’T QUOTE ME
With host Sean Hughes and actor Michael A reading the quotes. Panel Andrew Maxwell, Fiona Looney, Karl Spain with special guest comedian Joe Rooney.
SHE’S HAVING A LAUGH
With host Deirdre O’Kane with guests Amy Huberman, Rebecca O’Flanagan & Fiona Looney.
The star of the International Emmy award-winning Moone Boy and IFTA award-winner for the film Noble, Deirdre O’Kane presents this special chat show featuring three of the best female comedy minds in Ireland today. Expect serious craic, tips on ‘being funny’ and revealing anecdotes.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH
DON’T QUOTE ME
With host Sean Hughes and actor Michael A reading the quotes. Panel Andrew Maxwell, Fiona Looney, Karl Spain with special guest comedy actress Sharon Mannion
With Gearóid Farrelly plus special guest actress Kathleen O’Rourke
A regular at Irish and Edinburgh comedy festivals, Gearóid has shared stages with Joan Rivers, Neil Delamere, Maeve Higgins, Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, Rich Hall and days before this recording, he was guesting with superstar Sarah Millican on her UK dates. A seasoned radio & TV performer, Gearoid brings his own world of comedy to the Comedy Showhouse Hour on RTE Radio 1. The special guest is comedy actress and Oscar-nominated writer Kathleen O’Rourke, who plays Gearóid’s mother sitting ‘at home’ listening to her son’s radio show.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH
DON’T QUOTE ME
With host Sean Hughes and actor Michael A reading the quotes. Panel Andrew Maxwell, Fiona Looney, Karl Spain with special guest historian Diarmaid Ferriter.
MAXINE JONES IS SOUNDING OFF
With special guests actors Sue Collins and Colm Reid
UK born Dublin-based Maxine Jones is constantly touring all over Ireland and the UK and currently performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For this special half hour she has compiled the best of her previous shows into a one off comedy set exclusively for Comedy Showhouse. One of Ireland’s first ever divorcees, MAXINE JONES ‘SOUNDING OFF‘ is a very funny memoir that recalls her experiences first moving to Dublin; getting married; having three sons; embracing live comedy and now ’emigrating’ back to her home country after 25 years. She is joined by comedy actors SUE COLLINS (also with The Nualas) and COLM REID from sketch group Shifts.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 1st
DON’T QUOTE ME
With host Sean Hughes and actor Michael A reading the quotes. Panel Andrew Maxwell, Fiona Looney, Karl Spain with special guest Irish Mammies author & comedian Colm O’Regan.
6.30pm – DOUBLE BILL
AROUND THE WORLD FOR 80 QUID
with Aindrias de Staic
The Mayo man performs this special ‘highlights’ show centred around his award winning AROUND THE WORLD ON 80 QUID that recalls the madcap adventures of ‘the crazy Irish musician’ (Sydney Festival). Revered as a true one off madcap genius, the TV presenter and comic actor is known for his wild energy, quick wit and musical talent – and as RTE Radio 1 listeners will discover, cannot stay out of trouble.
FOIL ARMS & HOG’S SHORT RADIO SHOW
Hosted by comedian Alison Spittle, the highlights from the second show recorded by Ireland’s top comedy sketch group, Foil, Arms & Hog.
ABOUT SIDELINE PRODUCTIONS
Sideline has produced some of the biggest entertainment shows in Ireland over the years including Family Fortunes, Class Act, Take Me Out, Mastermind and The Great Irish Bake Off. Comedy-wise, Sideline produced The Liffey Laugh stand up series for RTE 2 and The Rubberbandits for Channel 4. Sideline’s comedy division developed a host of new writers leading to development deals with Foil, Arms and Hog (BBC Comedy) and interest in new Irish sitcoms with Comedy Central, CBBC, ITV and SKY. Sideline’s most recent TV series has gone global – Secrets of Great British Castles for Channel 5 (GME co-pro) in the UK has been shown on PBS USA, ABC Australia plus translated in 20 languages for Netflix worldwide. Series 2 airs on Ch5 in November 2016.
Comedy Showhouse is Sideline’s first ever radio series.
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ABOUT COMEDY SHOWHOUSE
RTE Radio 1’s first ever comedy festival was created and developed by Sideline Productions with the support of national broadcaster RTÉ, grintageireland.com and the Broadcast Authority of Ireland. Creating a new home for Irish radio comedy was the goal, as the eight days of performance produced 18 half hours of original radio comedy recorded at The Project Arts Centre in Dublin’s Temple Bar. The live shows bring together the finest current and upcoming comedic minds in the country across a mixture of panel, sketch and presenter-led series.
Already three half-hour shows Colm O’Regan Wants a Word (in both Public and Private) and Cullivan’s Travels (a look at Ireland’s rich satirical history) have been broadcast in 2016 on consecutive Bank Holiday Mondays in May, June and August to wide acclaim.
They are available to listen back to at grintageireland.com/podcasts
Sideline Productions entered into an agreement with Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE), to bring a group of students onto the production of COMEDY SHOWHOUSE. BCFE is one of Ireland’s most successful third-level educators in the field of media, with former students having received all manner of awards and nominations, including a series of Oscar nominations.
Through this creative initiative, supported by RTE Radio 1 and the BAI, the producers were keen that new radio production talent learnt the ropes and shaped the future of the Irish comedy/radio production. On each record day final year students from Ballyfermot College of Further Education (Radio Course) were attached to the production to boost interest and skills in the scripted comedy sector.
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