I know it’s the last thing any of us are thinking about but I bet when this is all behind us you’ll need to get out and go to things. Well, I’ve been working hard to find a way to reschedule the remaining Notions Eleven tour dates. That show is going to seem pretty of its time so my aim is to have a brand new hour by the time we come out of lock down. That way if you come to see me you’ll get two shows for the price of one. Belfast Waterfront is the only date we are waiting on. Here are the others…
Stockton Arc is now on October 17th.
Colchester Arts Centre is now on March 26th, 2021.
Guidford G Live is now on July 3rd.
Maidenhead Norden Farm will be October 25th.
Brighton Komedia is moved to September 19th.
A normal person might have put these in chronological order but I’m an absolute renegade when it comes to order.
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So the journey of Irishman Abroad and CurrencyFair has come to an end and now it’s up to you as to what happens next. We had some great years with CF and I will be sad to see them go but the world is changing fast and so are we. That’s why we are turning to you. If you’d like Irishman Abroad to continue and if you can afford a fiver a month, you can be a stakeholder in the next chapter. In return I’ll keep making the show every week without fail the way I have for years but better, with the people you want to hear from, at the level you’ve come to expect. There’s other benefits and you can read all about them here. For starters you’ll get access to hundreds of interviews not available anywhere else.
This is a hard time for us all. I get that better than most. Comedy disappeared over night. Now it’s up to me to change and make the podcast more. I hope you’ll come with me on this. If you can’t I get that, if you can, you’ll be paying for those who can’t. But please support someone who has less than you during this time. Even if it’s just the old lady who lives across the hall. We can get through this together and then I promise, we will laugh and probably cry, but in time we will laugh.
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Hard to believe but Notions Eleven my new standup show about your highfalutin ideas about yourself is being filmed this Friday in Dublin. After that I’m hitting the road for dates across the UK. This all hangs in the balance of course. Coronavirus has made everyone scared of gatherings of more than 1,000 people. Thankfully I don’t have Coronavirus and all the gigs are in venues that are about 200 seats – tops.
The show on March 14th is a bit special. Not only is it the only tour date for London, I’m also making it into a St Patrick’s weekend special with some of my best comedy friends joining me on the bill. The lineup is a secret but I promise you won’t be disappointed. Tickets are on sale here.
My new standup show Notions Eleven might be coming to your town in the new year. In preparation for the special filming n Vicar Street on March 6th I’ll be doing a bunch of previews in places like Top Secret, Leicester Comedy Festival, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and Nottingham. Then once the special has been taped I’ll bring it back to England do one big show in London at the Tabernacle Theatre and bunch of other performances of it around the country in preparation for the Edinburgh Fringe. The show is changing with every day and development in the news. The version I wrote and performed at the Dublin Fringe in September seems like an eternity ago. I’d love if you came to see it in 2020 or better still brought your sound friends. Click on the tour dates tab to go directly to the dates we’ve added so far. There will be others added in New York, Ireland and the U.K. so check back in or sign up to the newsletter to find out if this mini tour expands to include your shire.
Happy to say my new Christmas cards are finally finished and printed. If you are tired of regular, boring, unfunny cards, you might like these. If you’re a regular who gets them every year, you’ll know what you’re getting into. Click on the shop to view them now. Let the Christmas head melting begin!.
Link to shop here too – so so sound.
Here’s a big thing I’d like you to come to and enjoy. I’m filming a special. In my favourite venue no less! Vicar Street was the first place I got to standup in front of more than 30 people. I can’t quite believe that the time has come to film my first special there – but it has and I would very much like you to be there. Reserve your seats now here.
Notions Eleven is the title of my new standup show. It’s the follow up to my last show Organ Freeman. This time I didn’t have to cut off any part of my body to write it. It’s a funny show about truth, its declining value, Maura Higgins’ place in this and what if anything we are meant to do now. The show makes it’s official debut at the Dublin Fringe in the most notionsy venue of them all The Abbey. Click here to buy one or two of the very reasonably priced tickets. For London folk there will be few previews of it here and there but largely it’s written and ready to go.
Aside from that I’ve been banging out the podcasts, swimming in the sea and doing little festivals (Not Edinburgh) up and around the place all summer. If you’d like to hear all the new episodes in the full cut and the oldest Irishman Abroad episodes, this is the place to find them and more.
Three massive episodes in three week. One with maybe the greatest Irish footballer ever, another with the snooker’s most iconic character and the final one, a gala event to raise thousands for a charity like no other.
Episode 300 with Aisling Bea, Roisín Conatty, Laura Whitmore, Niall Breslin and Angela Scanlon is but days away. Join us for this one of a kind night to celebrate the Irish, this huge milestone and the London Irish Centre Charity. It all goes down this Saturday at 7.45pm. Don’t gamble and try to walk up. You won’t get in. Buy a ticket now, while there’s still some left.
Getting Dennis Taylor on the podcast was a goal I had since it began back in 2013. 6 years later, Ken Doherty helped to make the dream a reality. His story of going from playing snooker once a week in Coal Island to being a top ten player in the world five years later is something else. On the other end of the spectrum, John Giles explains how he was a cult figure in Irish street football by the age of 10! He welcomed me into his home in Birmingham on a wet afternoon and we talked about overcoming loneliness, had some laughs about nonsense data analysis in football and lots more. Click on the link or image to go directly to the episode.
If you fancy looking fresh this summer and supporting the podcast, visit our t-shirt shop. We have a bunch of very snazzy Irishman Abroad classic tees, polos, hoodies, carrier bags and mugs. All perfect for the Irish legend in your life and shipped for very little, to almost anywhere in the world.
I’ve a load of new standup shows booked in and a big announcement on the way. So check back or sign up to the mailing list to hear all about it first.
A guest I’ve been chasing for about 5 years and one of the inspirations behind the Irishman Abroad series, Imelda May, is finally on the show this week. I loved this chat for so many reasons. Take the time to download it and save it for a quiet trip or walk. You won’t regret it. Imelda’s latest album is called Life, Love, Flesh & Blood and I really couldn’t recommend anything more right now. Click here to access the podcast or here to buy tickets to our big live episode in London on June 15th in aid of the London Irish Centre Charity.