He’s one of Ireland’s best-known comedic exports and this weekend Dara O’Briain returns to entertain in Kilkenny.
The stand-up comedian and television presenter began as a children’s presenter on RTE. He went on to perform his first stand up gigs on the Irish comedy circuit after studying mathematical physics at UCD.
From 1998 to 2000 he hosted topical panel show Don’t Feed the Gondolas, leaving midway during the fifth season to perform at the Adelaide and Melbourne comedy festivals.
His ties to both stand up and TV continued, however, and he co-founded television production company Happy Endings Productions which is best known for The Panel. In the UK he became host of BBC2’s Live Floor Show then involved with Have I Got News for You. He’s since hosted nine successful series of Mock the Week for the BBC and can also be seen hosting BBC2’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired. Other notable television work sees Dara as an integral member of the Three Men in a Boat, alongside Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath – the show is now in its fourth series. In 2007 Dara also fronted the BBC comedy interview programme Turn Back Time and in 2011 he co-hosted BBC1’s astronomical show Stargazing Live alongside professor Brian Cox.
Dara is also one of the most sought-after award show hosts in Britain and regularly hosts The Empire Film Awards and the BAFTA Video Game Awards.
Based in the UK for some time, he continued his live performances across the country, including sell-out shows year on year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, becoming the biggest-selling solo stand-up comedy show there.
There’ve also been entries to other areas with first book Tickling the English an instant hit when released in 2009. Part travelogue, part tour diary, it remained in the charts for two years.
Quick-witted and sure to entertain you’ll catch Dara O’Briain at The Hub at Cillín Hill this Saturday. The event’s being organised by Set Promotions and tickets cost €26.50, including booking fee. Doors are from 7.30pm.