May: News About Things To Come…

Thanks to everyone who downloaded the new album from Bandcamp. A lot of people (some people = seems like a lot due to my crankiness) have asked how they can get a hardcopy of it. First of all, seriously? A hardcopy of an album? What’ll it be next an internet connection that you can use while someone is on the landline? Secondly, you can get a hardcopy of the album at any of these up-coming shows by coming up to me afterwards (not during).

May 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th…International Bar, Dublin

May 9th, 10th, 11th…The Laughter Lounge, Dublin

May 15th…The Comedy Cellar Dublin / Inn Jokes at The Patriot’s Inn

May 16th…BBC Telly Thing, Glasgow Scotland

May 18th…The Bankers, Dublin

May 19th…Salisbury Arts Centre, Edinburgh Preview Show

May 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th…The Stand, Edinburgh

May 31st – June 3rd…Something I can’t talk about*

June 4th…St Abans, Dandy Comedy Club

June 5th…The Courtyard, Shoreditch – Edinburgh Preview

June 6th…The Stag Theatre, Windsor

June 7th…Surrey Comedy Club, Somewhere in Surrey I guess?

*The thing I can’t tell you about is starting on May 31st. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for ages. I’ve never been so excited about a thing.  I promise to tell you as soon as I can.

Apart from that you can see me on the BBC on May 15th in a show I did about the Eurovision.

In other news, yesterday a woman who works for the British government asked me what name is on my birth certificate. I told her it’s actually Brian but everyone calls me Jarlath. She said, “Well it’s Ireland isn’t it.” Then like a fucking eejit I said, “Yeah!”

New Live Album Available For Download Now

The album I recorded ages ago in Dubin’s Laughter Lounge can be downloaded from this handy little website.  You can listen to a sample track or just have faith that it’s good and download it right away. It only costs £5 and comes a with a free digital booklet.  I’m pretty proud of it to be honest. I think you’ll like it too. Click on the image if the first link didn’t work.

The cover of the album was illustrated by Rob Stears. Hard copies will be available to order in May.

Crikey! I live in Engerland now!

That’s right,

If you live in England and like my stuff you’re in luck. And if you live in Ireland and don’t like my stuff, you’re also in luck. I live in North London now.  I moved a while ago but there is a big delay on the internet here so this post is quite late.  If you want to contact me my email is still – I’m not sure what the international access code is but it should be +353. If you want to book me to do things the best thing to do is contact this very nice lady – .  More announcements to follow shortly but for now, here are some live dates that might be near you:

Mar 15th, Worthing Theatre

Mar 16th, Marketplace Armagh

Mar 17th London Irish Festival Trafalgar Sq

Mar 19th / 20th Berkhamsted Comedy Festival

Mar 21st Chiswick Headliners

Mar 23rd East Yard, Camden Town

Mar 28th Therapy Room, Tumbridge Wells

Mar 29th Bottle Rocket Comedy Club, Coventry

Mar 31st The Cube, Leeds

April 5th The Glee Club, Birmigham

April 6th Hilarity Bites, Darlington

April 7th Hampstead Comedy Club

April 11th Windsor Firestation

April 12th / 13th The Cube, Leeds

April 16th The Magic Garden, Battersea

April 19th / 20th Bristol Comedy Box

April 22nd Sheffield University

Hope to see you at one of the shows. I’ll be back in Ireland for a couple of shows in May / June.




Big News For People Who Like Little News…

It seems like someone has nominated me for an award! Mind you, it’s one of those online poll-based awards so the winner will more than likely be the person that convinces all their friends to go to the website and vote or the person with the best online poll-rigging software. I can’t afford any such thing so if you want to vote ten times a day you can by visiting this website and going to the stand-up section.

The last few boxes of my cards are on sale in the shop if you want them. If you’re not into PayPal or cards with credit go to the real bricks and mortar shop on 15 Duke Street – just off Grafton Street. They’re more expensive there but you get to walk out of the shop with them in your hands.

The cards are now in a shop legitimately. Unlike the other times when I have just left them in a Hallmark display for the craic.

The album recording was a very special night. Thanks to everyone that came. I should be able to release the final version online in the next few weeks.

HA,HA,HA!…Announcing The Biggest Show….

I’m very happy to announce my first ever solo night in The Laughter Lounge in Dublin. Sure I’ve done little spots there before but never have I been given the whole venue for a whole night.  I’m excited and I have all sorts of plans and surprises lined up for you if you come along.

This is a poster of a man attempting not to look arrogant.

There’s more. I’m also taking the opportunity to record my second live album on the night so if you show up, as a way to say thank you, you’ll receive a download code and will be able to get it for free when it comes out. Then you can listen to it while doing the dishes or driving your car or anything really, how you chose to live your life is your choice.

This show has been 6 months in the making and Aiken Promotions have helped to put the whole thing together so you can be sure it will be a goody. I want to thank Rob Stears and Shane Langan for applying their talent to making this poster for me.

Finally, as a regular visitor to my website I’m offering you a discount on the tickets for this big event. Just click here and enter the promo code: “CHEAP” and you’ll get a substantial amount off each ticket you buy. If you’re not a regular visitor and just stumbled across this…I am going to have to trust you not to abuse this facility. You’re going to abuse it aren’t you. Damn it!

Freak of Nurture

Freak Of Nurture was the first live comedy album I ever recorded. Until now it was only available on ye olde CDs but now, I am happy to say they are all sold out. So from this point forward you can download it from here for a measly $6 or if you’re rich, whatever amount you want to give! It’s a good little album of 11 tracks or an hour in length. I’m very proud of it and I think you’ll like it.

Cheap previews of my new show in Ireland and London…

"I think I'll go an see that show!" - A passer-by.

This is the poster for my new show. It’s a collection of jokes, stories, illustrations, tips and songs* about being silly in the face of adversity. Like the poster says it’ll be in Edinburgh from August 1st to the 25th but I’ll be previewing it all over the place before then. Here are just some of the dates. Please come along.

June 21st – The Source Arts Centre, Thurles – 8PM

July 6th & 7th – The New Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin – 6PM

July 13th & 14th – The Pleasance Islington, London – 7.30PM

July 17th – Secret Preview (Email for details) – 7.00PM

July 23rd, 24th, 25th – The International Bar, Wicklow Street, Dublin – 7.00PM

July 27th – The Ruby Room, Galway – 1.00PM

17 Reasons To Live In The Country Rather Than Dublin…

Totally Dublin, an excellent publication, produced the article “200 Reasons Not To Leave Dublin”. As a country boy who has left Dublin after 11 years in favor of country life, I felt like a similar piece needed to be written. The fact that there are only 17 reasons says more about the demands of being a Daddy than the attractiveness of the country. I think.

(Feel free to add more or disagree accordingly.)

1. Lack of self-importance. 

People from the country would never attempt to claim ownership of things that obviously belong to the entire nation like Live Line, Jambons, the age of the country or our ability to curse better than anyone in the world. Dublin people do this in front of country people all the time and it angers them greatly.

 2. Better understanding of the weather: 

Dublin people think that it rains when they are feeling sad and that the sun is shining because scumbags are jumping into the canal. Country people understand meteorology so much that we have our own theories and preferred sources of weather news.

 3. Things are cheaper. 

Not much more to be said on this one. It just costs a lot less to live outside Dublin and there is less chance of someone robbing and kicking your head in for the craic.

4. Tea brack.

Fruit loaf to Dubliners, brack or barm brack is an exquisite piece of country cuisine that facilitates the drinking of three cups of tea in one sitting.


5. Getting changed. 

Ever meet a Dublin person four hours after they have finished work. Sweaty armpits, makeup around the colour, a spillage from lunch. That would never happen in the country. Contrary to popular belief country people are a lot cleaner than city folk as they can go home and change a lot more easily than a city slicker. As a result there is nothing a country person loves doing more than getting changed before doing anything after work.


6. Letting each other out

Unheard of in the city. Driving a car in the country requires a different level of patience and understanding given the number of tractors you tend to encounter. Letting someone out or pulling in to let someone go by is standard practice unless they look like a big Dublin prick who’s in a mad rush to go “surfing” in Lahinch.


7. Poor Network Coverage

Not having coverage is no bad thing when you’re attempting to avoid calls, emails or just taking a nap. Poor signal is not an excuse available to people living in the big schmoke.


8. Taking Naps

You know all that time you spend on buses, queuing for stuff and sitting in your car cribbin about the traffic? Country people use that time to grab forty winks. It’s part of the reason that country people don’t act like arseholes a lot of the time.


9. Talking in shops

Go into any shop in Dublin and try to have a chat with the person behind the counter about what’s happening in the world. They will think you are insane if you pursue the conversation past two sentences. Owing to having more time on their hands, country people expect / demand a bit of chat in the shops they use.


10. Leaving Dublin

When you pass through the lights at Newlands Cross  and put the foot down to head home there is a sense of relief that no Dublin person will ever fully understand.


11. Businesses are usually open to persuasion

It doesn’t matter if it’s a pub in or funeral parlour, a menswear shop or a butchers if you’re in business in the country you are usually open to negotiation on price, the possibility of getting something extra free or your opening hours. If you’ve never left Dublin you would think that the price marked is written in stone and that you can’t get past a closed sign by simply knocking on the window.


12. Hurling Is Not A New Thing

Hang around with a Dublin GAA fan long enough and you’d think that hurling was a new  business venture they had cleverly invested in that had taken off in recent years. All country people know that hurling predates Dublin itself. Try to explain this to a Dublin GAA supporter and they will tell you to “Go And Shite!”


13. Clothes That Fit

Dublin people seem to have great trouble finding clothes that fit them. Whether it’s the young lad with the jeans hanging off his arse or the flabby inner city girl wearing a belly top, city folk for some unknown reason can’t bring themselves to wear clothes that are the right size. Not a problem down the country. If anything the problem you have in towns like Kilkenny is the clothes fit too well and some shops won’t sell you anything that they feel might be a bit loose or  a tiny bit tight.


14. People don’t try to intimidate each other with the use of the word “buddy”.

15. Less shouting.

It’s rare enough to see a mother curse at her child down the country. Cross O’Connell Bridge three times, I can promise you that on one of those trips you will see a parent shout at their child regardless of whether that child is capable of talking themselves.

 16. Bragging is frowned upon.

Dublin people, particularly those on the Northside will think nothing of making a statement like, “I went bowling in Blanchardstown last night. Broke the highest score they’ve ever had in the centre. I wouldn’t mind only my thumb has been giving me trouble all week.” Country people who for the most part have never praised themselves at any point during their lives have no idea how to respond to statements like this.


17. Cheeky Kids

Dublin kids are little fuckers. They make smart remarks about your appearance and snigger at you when you walk by them.  While some Dubliners think that sarcasm in youngsters is charming, if you’re from the country, where no child would ever ridicule a stranger in the street, you don’t know how to respond and have no choice but to spend the rest of the day mulling it over and telling your co-workers about what happened to you. If you’re co-workers are from Dublin, they will think the story of being called “a tool” by a bike-riding 7 year old is hilarious.