Like our ancestors and Eddie Murphy, we came to America and found more than we ever expected. Thanks to all the sound listeners who came out to hear and see the show in Manhattan on October 31st, our guests John Duddy & Tim Wheeler, the Irish Network in NY, Lorcan Shannon and Glamour Magazine’s Editor Samantha Barry for doing the show the day before. It was a short trip but definitely not our last. My next trip is to Berlin in December for one standup show – tickets are on sale now and there’s a link under the live tab.
I have a new standup show almost written. I’m running around different places trying it out at the moment while trying to do everything else. The first proper performance of the new show will take place at the Leicester Comedy Festival on February 10th. Tickets for that are on sale here.
In case you missed it, Irishman Behind Bars is now heading for Episode 4. Featuring Paddy Armstrong of the Guildford 4, Ibrahim Halawa and the case of Harry Gleeson, season 1 focusses on cases of wrongful conviction and we will expand it from there. The next episodes are about the Maamtrasna murders, the case of Steven Avery and a broader discussion of why these cases occur with Anne Driscoll of the Innocence Project. Right now the only way to hear it is on our premium feed. I’m so bloody proud of the series so far, that alone would justify the tiny $5 subscription but you get a lot more on top of just one series. Have a look for yourself.
Men Behaving Better is hurtling towards our biggest event of the year. A double episode recording at The Other Palace Theatre on December 6th. If you haven’t heard the other episodes here’s a link. Tickets are shifting fast so move your butts.
This year’s card collection will launch in the next week or so. I can safely say this year’s card are truly ridiculous. I’ve re-released some old goodies in the meantime if you can’t wait until then.
I’ve been booted in the arse and the rush of momentum has allowed me to relaunch my Youtube channel.
We have big plans for the thing! (Expect more standup and podcast related videos each week) If you like what you see, it would be a huge help in getting the channel named and verified if you subscribed. Here’s one clip from Organ Freeman performed in the Comedy Store in June. Enjoy.
Join me, Romesh Ranganathan, Deborah Frances White, Richard Herring and many more for the live recordings of “Men Behaving Better” Season 1. Across three nights in the stunning Other Palace Theatre in Victoria we will discuss, debate, laugh and agitate each other on the biggest questions relating to how men can change for the better. Each episode will cover two questions ranging from “Where does forgiveness fit into the Me Too Movement?” to “How do we raise young men not to make the mistakes of the past?”. There will be standup, audience involvement and hopefully lots of craic that wasn’t predicted. Tickets for night one are on sale now via this handy ticket link.
The new Men Behaving Better podcast has arrived. Episode 1 is available to download today and features Fern Brady, Simone George and Pierre Novellie. It’s the path-finding episode for the whole series. A conversation to help us start out on this new type of conversation about male improvement in the face of the long time coming realisation that we need to be better. Future episodes in London will be recorded at the gorgeous Other Palace Theatre on September 20th, November 8th and December 6th. We will record two episodes each night, tickets will go on sale on Friday next and the guests will include Deborah Francis White of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Roisin Conatty, Fin Taylor and many many more. If you’re one of the ultra-sound people who support us on Patreon you will get advance access, extended episodes, behind the scenes stuff and discounts on live show tickets.
This week’s episode was recorded at Soho Theatre. A place I will return to this month for the very final performances of Organ Freeman. It’s a standup show about donating a kidney and was named before Morgan Freeman revealed himself to be an awful person. There won’t be any more extra dates added. This really is it. The show was absurdly difficult to write and even harder to perform. To make matters worse, it got harder to perform the more I performed it. It is still something of which I’m immensely proud, something that audiences have connected with, laughed at and experienced “all the feels” as they say. I have to move on, just like my brother has (he’s doing fine #spoileralert). I’ve a new show almost written, two new podcasts and a family to take care of.
14 years ago I went to Demetri Martin in the main house at Soho Theatre at a time when I had barely two jokes to rub together. To be playing that room now with a piece that means this much to me…well lets just say, I’d really appreciate if you sent your soundest friends down to see it before it’s put away forever. I’ll still keep banging on about getting a Donor Card because live donation changed my life and my entire family’s life. There’s 3500 people in need of kidneys right now in the UK alone. You only need one to survive and be able to tell jokes. I’m proof of that. Live donation also makes you into a better funnier person. Come see for yourself on August 23, 24, 25.
The Organ Freeman tour is nearly over! The final performances of the show will take place in Glasgow, Newcastle and Edinburgh – the place where it all began. I’d love if you came to see it. Click on the dates to buy tickets while you can.
This show has taken a lot out of me literally and emotionally so I’m not going to the Edinburgh Fringe. Instead I’m working on something completely new. I’ll take a few breaks to do shows in Paris, New York, Kilkenny and Dublin. If you’re not in those cities maybe you’re going to a festival. I’ll also be performing on the comedy stages at festivals including Latitude, Leeds, Reading, Electric Picnic and more still to be announced.
The podcast has grown a huge amount since we started our Patreon page. Subscribers now get extra length episodes, discounts on live shows and pretty soon a new podcast completely. Yep. We are starting a new podcast, “Men Behaving Better”. The first episode will will be recorded at Soho Theatre on June 13th.
The podcast is coming to one of my favourite theatres on April 9th. Tickets are on sale now. Move fast. This is going to sell out soon. Tell your friends. There will be many many surprises on the night. Trust me.
Click here to get a sneaky discount code. Or if you’re not in London, have a look at the tour dates. I’m coming to your town this Spring. Maybe.
We’ve launched a new phase in the podcast. Basically I’m in the process of creating a new spinoff series. It takes time and it takes money so we need your help to do it. In return for your support you’ll get this beautiful Irishman Abroad pin. With it you can breeze past security in airports worldwide. You’ll also get access to the entire archive of episodes. Yep, all the episodes that have long since disappeared from iTunes are on our Patreon feed. That includes Brian O’Driscoll, Hozier, Louise O’Neill, Boy George, Tommy Tiernan, Lisa Hannigan and many many more. Just click here and join us. Or if that’s not your thing, you can always click donate. You’ll still get the t-shirt!
I’m bringing my show Organ Freeman to your town this Spring. This is me announcing my first ever mini-tour-type-thingy of the UK. It will take in a handful of my absolute favourite places to gig including Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and the real capital city of culture Bedford. The tour is a chance for you to see the show I got all the nice reviews for at the Fringe in August and a chance for me to meet you and show you the new material for the next show I’m working on right now. You don’t have to have an interest in organ donation to enjoy the show but the chances are that part of the show will affect you at some point in your life. Each show will have two halves. In the first I’ll perform bits from the new show and do a bit of general messing with the audience. Then in the second half you’ll get the full length, bells and whistles (projector included) version of Organ Freeman. Support live comedy, grab a ticket to this show when it comes to your town. We can have a pint together afterwards. All dates are linked on the gigs page.
Here’s another thing you might like. I did a panel show on BBC Radio 4 called “Where’s The F In News”. The show is a funny sideways look at the news of today with the reverse gender balance you see on most panel shows. Have a listen here.
This year’s Jigser Christmas Cards are now on sale and a portion of the proceeds will go to help organ donor awareness. Each year for the last few years I’ve designed and sold my Christmas cards and shipped them around the world. The cards have been featured on television and radio. One newspaper described them as “Genius” but what does The Times know! In the past all the profits have gone toward helping to fund the podcast but this year is a bit different. I’ve decided to donate virtually all the profits to various different Kidney Charities across the UK and Ireland.
The cards themselves are cheeky and should probably only be sent to people you know have a sense of humour. If you need to play it safe there is also a “Family Friendly” pack. In terms of value, they’re just €2 each excluding postage and packing. Just click on the shop link and have a look around.
September is comedy’s January. The Fringe is over, you get to start fresh but it takes you about 2 weeks to get your arse in gear. I didn’t grind to a halt after the Fringe this year, podcasts kept coming out every Sunday, but I have had a bit of time with the family and a chance to take stock of everything that happened over the last 12 months. The big news from August is that Organ Freeman – the one man standup show about donating a kidney to my brother – did really well in Edinburgh. Our venue was full nearly night, the reviews were great across the board and people really liked it.
To be totally honest, I have never had a run quite like it. The response was so good it’s been decided that after Vicar Street and Leicester Square Theatre, I’ll take it on around the UK on a mini-tour in the spring of 2018. I’ll post all the dates here once they are locked in.
For now I’m back writing and podcasting like “Billy Oh” as my mother would say. (I think Billy Oh was an exceptionally hard worker from the west of Ireland.) We haven’t done a live episode since Danny O’Reilly in Galway and had no plans to until Roddy Doyle said he’d do one in Dublin as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival. It’s happening on Friday September 22nd in the Tivoli Theatre. I’ve been a fan of Roddy’s since I was a child so this really will be a bizarre and wonderful night. I’d love to have as many of you guys there as possible but the tickets are limited – please buy them soon from here. And I’ll see you there.