Podcast Goes To Number 1….(Jarlath does the happy dance)

Thanks to everyone who has downloaded and listened to the podcast.  “An Irishman Abroad” has been atop the iTunes hit parade for weeks now – which is crazy to me.  It has been recommended by The Guardian newspaper – which is also nuts. And we now have hundreds of thousands of weekly listeners – which actually melts a small part of my brain every time I think about it.

Top o' The Pops Guys!

If you haven’t got involved yet all you need to do is look in the mirror and say “Irishman, Irishman, Irishman” and I will appear and guide you through the steps of downloading it to your phone or computer. That’s not true but don’t be ashamed to try it just in case it is. For everyone else there is this handy link to iTunes or Soundcloud.

The podcast has had a couple of very generous sponsors and advertisers which have kept the whole thing a float. I hate when a podcast has the same ads week in week out so just email me at jarlo11@yahoo.com if you’d like your web business to sponsor the show or if you just want to get in touch.  It costs very little to take an episode (something in the region of one hundred to one hundred thousand dollars) and you get a whole load of fringe benefits.

If you would like to support the podcast and you don’t have a web business just buy a pack of cards from the shop. I will be launching a special 2013 Christmas pack in the coming weeks.

Once again thanks to everyone who has made the show what it is.


The Podcast Has Arrived…

My podcast, An Irishman Abroad is now available on iTunes.  It’s a series of interviews with well known Irish people about moving abroad, comedy, life and the most important lessons they have learned. Over the next few months we’ll have some of the biggest names in entertainment, sport and public life sharing their experiences stories and wisdom.  The first the episode is a cracker with the most generous man in comedy Graham Linehan.  Graham opens up about moving to “druggy” London, writing Ted and why he believes “90% of everything is crap”.  Click to subscribe or just listen. If you like it give it a subscription and a rating. You’ll be the first to hear when a new episode goes up.

Now available on iTunes and Soundcloud if you hate Apple.

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 jarlo11@yahoo.com – 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 – sophiec@avalonuk.com .  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 Jigser.com 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