Jarlath Regan is an Irish comedian, writer, illustrator creator and host of the Irishman Abroad podcast. Since the age of 24 he has made his living performing standup across Ireland, the UK and the rest of the world including the Edinburgh, Montreal, Chicago, Melbourne, New Zealand and Dubai Comedy Festivals. In 2013 he moved to London to perform standup. 6 months later he created the award winning Irishman Abroad podcast series. The collection of in-depth, long-form interviews with will known Irish emigrants and people of Irish heritage has earned rave reviews from The Guardian, Telegraph and Irish Times, and has featured Hozier, Sharon Horgan, Brian O’Driscoll, Chris O’Dowd, Sir Terry Wogan, Glen Hansard, Aidan Gillen, Sonia O’Sullivan, Boy George, Dylan Moran, Lisa Hannigan, Graham Linehan and many many more. It is listened to by more than one million people worldwide. Jarlath has staged live episodes of the podcast at the Dublin Film Festival, Dublin Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Cork International Film Festival, Body & Soul Festival, London Irish Comedy Festival as well as a residency at the Museum Of Comedy in London.
“Could turn out to be the biggest thing since Ricky Gervais picked up a laptop”
“Quite frankly, every single young person reading this should go download this podcast and listen to it every week for the rest of time.” – The Guardian
During the pandemic Irishman Abroad tippled in size by creating a weekly running podcast with Sonia O’Sullivan and an American politics podcast with Marion McKeone. Irishman Running Abroad was named “Best Running Podcast In The World Today” by Irish Runner Magazine. The show has created a virtual running club that allows listeners to run together around the world.
A Bit More About Jar:
Jarlath was raised on the windswept plains of the Curragh of Kildare he dreamed of being a professional basketball player but shelved the ambition due to combination of injuries and on the early on-set of “cop on”. The NBA’s loss has been stand-up comedy’s gain.
“Side-splitting stuff…causes near hysteria in the room”
During a period as an advertising account executive he became disillusioned and decided to try his hand at comedy. After winning a place in the final of the BBC and Channel 4 new comedy awards, he began gigging around Ireland in small bars, pubs, community halls and hay barns. After a while he went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his own solo show.
“an unstoppable, relentless, never ending flow of fantastic tales and over the top mind blowing observations making the audience laugh so much that trying to stop was as impossible as dealing with the hiccups”
DB MAGAZINE (Australia)
“the sort of comic you want to take home to meet your mum…an unshakeable ability to turn an ordinary anecdote into a winning story…a perfect teatime show”
He first appeared on TV as part of Dara O’Briain’s cult hit show The Panel and went on to perform on ITV’S Live At London Palladium, Russell Howard’s Good News on the BBC, Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up and NBC’s Last Comic Standing among others.
For years he has made bizarre greeting cards for Christmas, breakups and other special occasions. He has published two books of these cards with the help of Transworld Ireland for Random House. The first book, “How To Break Bad News” became an instant best-seller and something of a cult classic.
As a writer he has contributed material to several primetime TV and radio shows and has been a columnist for The Irish Post.
He made a little bit of history by becoming the first comedian to record a live album in Dublin’s Comedy Cellar – the venue that gave birth to Ardal O’Hanlon, Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran.
“The man radiates warmth while projecting deliciously dark greeting cards which are thoroughly recommended for Christmas or hostage situations”