Jason Byrne – Wrecked but Ready - SOLD OUT

Jason Byrne – Wrecked but Ready - SOLD OUT

The Star of ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’

Thu 6 - Fri 7 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €23

Jason Byrne has had a hard year. But he doesn’t want to talk about that. He’s wrecked but ready. Ready for a laugh. This show is a celebration. A celebration of triumph over adversity. A celebration of the fact that everybody has their own crap going on and they don’t need to listen to someone else moaning about their problems. So, leave your worries at the door and find out why ‘The Times’ described Jason as ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’.

"Unmissable." Evening Standard

"Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle." Edinburgh Evening News

"Full on, doubled up, gasping for oxygen, hilarious." Chortle.

Neil Delamere - End of Watch - SOLD OUT
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Neil Delamere - End of Watch - SOLD OUT

Fri 14 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Fresh from a sell-out tour, star of BBC’s the Blame Game, Fighting Talk and the Newsquiz Neil Delamere returns to Draíocht with a brand new show. Time waits for no man, especially one trying to buy a watch. Things always get complicated. 

"You’ll be hard pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe." ★★★★★ The Scotsman

"One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine." ★★★★★ The Herald

Lords of Strut - ABSOLUTE LEGENDS
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Lords of Strut - ABSOLUTE LEGENDS

A Lords of Strut and THISISPOPBABY Co-production

Thu 20 Feb 2020 7PM Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / Dur: 60 mins / Age 6+

All their lives, Sean and Seamus have wanted to be famous. To get there they need to make the perfect dance routine; they need your help. In this dance fantasy adventure, the brothers rock out banging moves, run into trouble, have a few tantrums, cause a bit of mayhem and find out if fame is really what they’re looking for after all. Fusing their signature combination of dizzying acrobatics, riotous comedy and big heart, Street Performance World Champions, unlikely heroes of smash hit RIOT and Britain’s Got Talent favourites, Lords of Strut deliver their most ridiculous and sublime family show to date. Rip-roaringly funny, fantastically bizarre, they are absolute legends!

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"Utterly Magical." Sunday Times

"Belly laughs all round." Irish Times

"Absolute Legends indeed." Irish Examiner

"A glorious mix of comedic gold and awe inspiring dance moves, it really should not be missed." Meg.ie

A Holy Show
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A Holy Show

Written & Directed by Janet Moran

Sat 22 Feb 2020 8PM / Dur: 70 mins Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

A new comedy based on the 1981 hijacking of an Aer Lingus plane, by an ex-Trappist monk, with a bottle of water as his weapon, the Pope as his nemesis, and a burning desire to know The Third Secret of Fatima.

Step on the plane with us and experience this most Irish of hijackings. There’ll be music, nostalgia, heroism, praying, visions, romance (maybe), sex (maybe) and a special appearance by Our Lady (definitely). There’ll even be a miracle. I swear.

Funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Created and produced by Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre. Play Development co-commissioned by Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre (Bray) and Pavilion Theatre (Dun Laoghaire) and supported by the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris) and Fishamble: New Play Clinic.

Starring Roseanna Purcell & Mark Fitzgerald.

MORE ... RTE 1 Radio Play

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Baz Ashmawy - Family Matters
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Baz Ashmawy - Family Matters

Thu 27 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Join Baz (50 Ways to Kill your Mammy, Wingman) for his brand new comedy show, where he talks about growing up in Dublin as a half Egyptian/half Irish boy in a council estate in Dublin and being raised by his single mother Nancy, who then found fame in her 70s! Baz will touch on his success and its benefits and losses ... and of course raising six children of his own.

Baz Ashmawy is an Emmy and IFTA Award Winning Radio and TV Broadcaster. Most recently, Baz’s show ‘Wingman’ aired to phenomenal praise on RTÉ One. The show saw Baz guide many different characters from all walks of life on a journey towards making their dreams a reality. In November 2015, 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy won the Best Non-Scripted Entertainment award at the 2015 International Emmy Awards. The show is based on Baz inserting his mother Nancy into various dare-devil situations and documenting her typical Irish mammy reactions to the situations.

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Catherine Bohart - Lemon

Catherine Bohart - Lemon

Sat 7 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Join the star of BBC2’s The Mash Report as she smashes stereotypes around sex, sexuality and relationships. As seen and heard on Roast Battle, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and The Guilty Feminist Podcast.

Some adult content. Age 15+

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"Destined for stardom." Evening Standard

"The laughs keep coming and, finally, so does a tear or two. Marvellous." ★★★★ The Times

"A beautifully-delivered hour." ★★★★ Skinny

"Packed full of laughs." ★★★★ Herald

Danny O’Brien - Reformer
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Danny O’Brien - Reformer

Thu 19 Mar 2020 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

What happens when a touring stand-up comedian can no longer stand up? After a near career-ending knee injury, O'Brien is too young for pilates and too unbalanced for yoga. This award-winning performer brings you his hilarious new hour of stand-up where self-destruction and self-discovery meet! ‘Reformer’ completely sold out its month-long run of shows at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Galway International Arts Festival, as well as a European and US tour and now he’s back touring the show nationwide and beyond! 

Following in the footsteps of Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran, Danny was handpicked this year to perform as part of the iconic ‘Best of the Edinburgh Fest’ show touring Australia. He has also featured on The Comedy Channel and is a regular on Irish TV and Radio. He has supported Today FM’s Dermot & Dave on three live tours and last year was asked to open for American comedian Bill Burr in front of over 7,000 people in Dublin.

Adult Content, Age 15+

Twitter & Instagram @dobcomedy 
dannyobriencomedy.com

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"Uproariously funny." ★★★★★ The Sunday Independent

"A perfect mix of brains, banter and brilliance." ★★★★★ Great Scott

"He opened for me at the 3Arena and he f*cking murdered it!" Bill Burr

Tony Cantwell - Pure GRÁ - SOLD OUT

Tony Cantwell - Pure GRÁ - SOLD OUT

Fri 27 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €14

Fresh from sell-out shows at the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe, and with over 5 millions views online, cult-comedian Tony Cantwell is taking to the road for his first-ever Irish tour. Join the comedian for a new night of standup, sketches, and songs all based on his meme-soaked social media page.

Age 15+. May contain strong language & adult content.

"The funniest Irish sketch of all time. Simple as." JOE.ie

"His unconventional take on comedy belongs on the Adult Swim network." The Irish Times

"One of the city's most exciting emerging comics." Totally Dublin

Laughter Lounge LIVE Tour
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Laughter Lounge LIVE Tour

With Eric Lalor, John Colleary & Gar Murran

Sat 18 Apr 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

The Laughter Lounge opened its doors in Dublin in December 1997 and quickly established itself as Ireland's premier comedy venue. Over the years, 4,000 comedians have performed in 3,000 live shows to an audience of over 1 million. They've been in the comedy business a long, long, LONG time and for 21 years only delivered their premier brand of comedy to the good folks of Dublin town. But, they want to make the whole of Ireland laugh so guess what? They're going on tour! Come see the Laughter Lounge’s most requested acts - Eric Lalor, John Colleary and Gar Murran for one craic’in night out!
Smell that? That’s the sweet scent of Comedy in the air … and we can’t wait!

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Dirtbirds - No Filters
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Dirtbirds - No Filters

Sat 13 Jun 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €24 / €22 conc

In a world where women are expected to have the patience of Mother Teresa, the arse of Jennifer Lopez, the social media profile of Kim Kardashian and the BMI of Elle McPherson, the pressure is relentless. Dirtbirds, the comedy duo and internet sensation, present their hilarious new show ‘No Filters’ which takes a close look at the barrage of bullshit we are subjected to on a daily basis and reminds us that despite what we’re told, there is NO SUCH THING AS PERFECT ... (except maybe Jamie Dornan’s arse in Fifty Shades Darker.)

So.. if you need answers to questions like:
How do I have confidence when I feel lower than a snake’s arse?
How do I learn to love my muffin top?
When the kids wreck my head how do I stop myself from selling them on Done Deal?

… then this is definitely the show for you. (Perfect women not allowed in)

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"Their comedy is based on observing normal-life situations and turning them into very intelligent quips, sketches and stories." The Independent

"Sinead and Sue identify a gap in comedy that women can relate to, they are passionate mothers themselves and have first- hand experience of life’s challenges." The Times

Des Bishop - Mia Mamma
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Des Bishop - Mia Mamma

Thu 19 Nov 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €28 / €26 conc

I am often asked “where do you get your material from?” The truth is really that I try to see the funny in everything. My mother died in March 2019 and of course it was sad, and grief can be tough sometimes, but I saw a lot of funny in that too. Since death comes to us all and grief is something most of us will experience, I thought there must be plenty of people who would like that funny to be shared. Also, I did a show about my Dad being sick back in 2010 and I couldn’t face my mother in the afterlife because I know her first question would be “your Father got a show, how come I didn’t get one?”
I think it’s tougher to lose your mum. My Dad was best supporting actor. My mother was the actress in a leading role. You are never ready when the star of the show dies. So this is a show about My mother. It’s a show about motherhood and sacrifice, anxiety and grief, the mistakes you make as a mother and a son and the hard road to forgiveness and finally it’s about loss, grief and the chaos that surrounds it.
Where do I get my material from?
Life and death!

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