Karl returns to service Kilkenny with a smile

Comedian Karl Spain hasn’t missed a single year of the Cat Laughs Festival since 2002, and he doesn’t intend to start now.

Comedian Karl Spain hasn’t missed a single year of the Cat Laughs Festival since 2002, and he doesn’t intend to start now.

This year, he is back with a brand new type of gig, which gets comedians’ unique perspectives on what they did for a living before the microphones, stages and spotlights.

“It’s a themed show,” explains Karl.

“Most comedians have had a lot of different jobs before they became comedians. I was lost in the fast food industry for ten years.”

The idea came to him when he was asked by an audience member how he managed to work such a difficult job. When he enquired as to what her job was, she told him she was a psychiatric nurse.

“Everyone says stand up is such a hard job, but most of us would have had tougher jobs in the past,” he says.

Joining Karl for the special gig will be Colin Murphy, Gearoid Farrelly and Andrew Stanley, all who have had their own experience of everyday jobs.

“It’s a stand-up gig of a different type – for any fans or Kilkenny regulars who want something a little different,” says Karl.

“It should be a bit of craic. If you’re thinking ‘who will we go see this year?,’ pick something different or someone you haven’t seen before.”

His fast food days are well and truly behind him now, however, and he has managed to land himself a dream job this summer at the European Football Championships in Poland and the Ukraine. Karl is to be the fan speaker at Euro 2012 for Ireland’s matches, where he will chat with the fans on the pitch, and also make the announcements during the games.

He may be all ‘footballed out’ by then, of course. In recent years, he has established himself as a commentator for the Cat Laughs ‘Ireland versus the World’ football match, which traditionally takes place on the final morning. He’s already looking forward to this year’s big game.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Milton Jones,” he says.

“I am a big fan of his on the stage, as well as on the football pitch. He’s a great footballer.”

Service with a smile is on in Langton’s Set Theatre on Saturday, June 2 at 5pm. For more information, visit or drop into the box office on John Street, Kilkenny.

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