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There's a chill in the air, a crinkle in the leaves and the street lamps spill their Lucozade pools of light upon us from an earlier hour. The boys are back and all wistful about the changing of the seasons, more bronze-cast than bronzed. The girls - they're doing what they always do and just get on with it.

To illustrate this point - Kathi Burke and Fuchsia McAree - explain how they get up, get out and get to it in Kaph tonight as part of Small Talk.

To tickle this notion - Jessie Cave and Alison Spittle - take to the stage of FOMO armed solely with their comic quips.

It's time to dispel the music myth. Sisters have been doing it for themselves long before they knew they were sisters. 

Who is reaching for the Flash Bronzer in the office this week? MichaelCiaran, KateAmy or Olen?

ps - wishing la bella vita to our South Studios colleague and friend Aisling Farinella on her marriage to our friend David Wall.

"...what I do now is dream stuff..." - Matthew Griffin
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September 12 2013


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
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when
8pm

how much
€8/€5

comedy
Pop Up Stand Up

After the resounding success of their first outing, FOMO. return with another edition of Pop-Up Stand-Up. This time it's ladies night and - as KC and the Sunshine Band once proclaimed - oh, what a night. First on the bill is the brilliant Alison Spittle, who has been making waves on the Irish comedy scene for some time now, culminating in a big ol' tidal wave this year when she debuted her one-hour Stoat Toast. Jessie Cave, meanwhile, is best known for her role in the Harry Potter franchise, but has since established herself as one to watch on the UK comedy scene, having racked up appearances on the likes of Grandma's House and set up TV projects at Channel 4. Nothing to sniff at, we think you'll agree. As always, it's a BYOB affair and we hear Bavaria is especially good this time of year. Big LOLs guaranteed. Win Tickets / Beyoncé

 

September 12 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
6:30pm

how much
€13/€11

fringe
Whelp

Whelp begins by catapulting its audience into a world of cartoonish props in a manic, advert styled scene selling the dream of living away from home. This segues to the more realistic moments where the two characters struggle to make ends meet as bills begin to pile up. The juxtaposition is playful but becomes increasingly desperate once we see the two 20-somethings re-nesting in their childhood homes and struggling to adapt to their newly neutered independence. Carefully attune to the language that acts as markers of unemployment and economic destitution for our boomerang generation, the play shines with its acute knowledge of the trails that now line the entrance to maturity for so many aspiring adults. Despite such disheartening subject matter, Whelp is fresh and funny. A must for those still figuring it out. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

September 12 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7:30pm

how much
€16.50

gig
Neon Neon

Everybody loves a bit of Welsh wildman Gruff Rhys, don’t they? Longstanding frontman for the Super Furry Animals, he’s an axis of creativity orbited by a host of co-conspirators, a champion of Welsh identity, and was the subject of a recent doc about his search for an insane 16th-century ancestor in Patagonia. ‘What will that crazy character get up to next?’, you may have just wondered aloud. Well, his stylish electro-pop project Neon Neon is touring a concept album about deceased Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. Yes, the same son-of-a-wealthy-monarchist Feltrinelli who founded militant communist group GAP, published Dr. Zhivago, shot hoops with Castro, and died participating in guerilla extremism aged 46. The show should be total audio/visual overload. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

September 12 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
1:45pm, 6:20pm

how much
€8.60/€10

cinema
Bonjour Tristesse

Bonjour Tristesse or “Hello Sadness” is how most of us would greet the news that our father was planning to marry a woman who could potentially ruin our carefree - and to some extent, amoral - existence. Otto Preminger’s film, based on the novel by Françoise Sagan, tells the story of Cecile (Jean Seberg) a spoilt, self-absorbed teenager holidaying in the French Riviera with her wealthy, playboy father Raymond and his young lover Elsa. Cecile enjoys attending glittering parties, toying with the heart of the besotted Philippe and relaxing in the sun with Elsa. That is until the fateful arrival of Anne, her deceased mother’s friend. Her maturity and intelligence not only attracts Raymond’s attentions but leads to the jealous Cecile devising a disastrous plan, one which will continue to haunt those concerned long after summers end. / Ruth Hurl

   
 

September 13 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
1pm

how much
€12/€14

fringe
You Remember the Stories You Wish Were True

We all have certain sentimental or practical things we can’t live without. So imagine losing everything in a Storage Wars type scenario. That’s right – having all your worldly possessions sold off for a paltry sum to a random stranger because you missed some storage unit payments. Well, that is exactly what happened to native New Yorker Megan Riordan and it is the inspiration behind this show. Through video, music, science and her own words she takes us on a journey as she tries to reclaim her lost memories through the people that know her best and comes to terms with starting from scratch. This will make you question the things you hold dear and wonder about how you actually perceive day to day events. Funny, moving and endearing, this is a thought provoking show. / Frances Winston

 

September 13 2013


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
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when
1pm

how much
€14

fringe
Exit Strategy

A lesson in market profitability, Hungarian politics, a run down of Cork tourism, and even the chance to win cash prizes- welcome to Exit Strategy. This articulate and extremely engaging production is a mish mash of theatre, game and story telling that has audience participation down pat, including you in so far that you contribute to the outcome but still feel safely tucked into your seat. The players on stage hold a microscope terrifyingly close to their own fears, failings and uncertainties which begins an exploration into the challenge that most young people in this country are faced with- do I stay or do I go. Often the choice is not the difficult part, but rather to how execute it- but fear not, as Exit Strategy holds your hand all the way to the end. / Sophie Donaldson

 

September 13 2013


where
Bewley's Theatre Cafe, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
01 635 5470‎
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when
8:30pm

how much
€12

fringe
Counter Culture

It only takes a quiver for Katie O’Kelly to shift between characters, a group of hunched apparatchik cogs click-clacking in an unfeeling Dublin department store. These people seem traced from stencils but Ms. O’Kelly pours enough life into them that they rise and just about brim the pre-set borders: there’s Bridey, the wise matriarch wilting off the crest of optimal employee productivity; Jonathan, the robust security guard with a soft side; an obsequious manager villain with a facial tic and an unimpressed father; Magdalena, who used to be a midwife back in Poland; and Gemma, a pregnant woman who falls and scrapes against pavement on her way to work – the friction sparking a sequence of events that would flare into pickets, linked arms and industrial action, husk echoes of Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lock-out as fuel. / Olen Bajarias

   
 

September 13 2013


where
The Assembly Rooms, The Rotunda, Parnell Square


when
Registration 8:30am

how much
€65

talk
Dublin Squares Conference

We have a gem of a city here. Don’t you just want to polish its many facets and show it off? I mean, this conference will take place in a ballroom. How glamorous. What a treasure. Dublin's five major squares are the focal point but with a particular emphasis on the north Georgian area, which hasn’t seen the same wealth, prosperity and preoccupation as, say, Merrion Square. If you haven't noticed the growing interest in our cities urban planing, architecture, parks and gardens where have you been? It's the new small talk. A diverse range of speakers will get the ball rolling, but often it's the conversations that take place because an event like this that matter. Talking about squares in a ballroom. Cool. Informed, engaged citizens. Sxc. Shine bright like a princess cut diamond, Dublin (that's what a square cut rock is called). / Georgia

 

September 13 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
8:45pm

how much
€13/€11

fringe
Pondling

Here we meet a little country girl, pretty and a tad murderous, but sure isn’t everyone? Pondling is the inner monologue of a very intelligent girl on the cusp of brilliance but no one else seems to know nor notice. A feminine beauty stranded on a farm of men, starved of female company  she hungers for male attention but her true lust lies in her desire to have a mother, a glamour mentor, a sophisticated older bestie whom she can emulate. The greatest achievement of Pondlingwritten and performed by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, is that as you watch it and be enthralled by her brilliant comic timing, exquisitely executed movement and commanding stage presence you would be forgiven for thinking this is a comedy. It is a much darker and more exposing story of neglect and the madness and beauty inside all of us. / Joseph Kearney

   
 

September 14 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
9pm

how much
€20

gig
Fuck Buttons

Once you hear the widescreen sonics of the new Fuck Buttons material it’s not surprising to learn they originally formed to soundtrack a film. The duo from Bristol create instrumental electronics, but manage to fill their compositions with such a strong sense of dramatic narrative they function almost like audial Choose-Your-Own-Adventures (usually the camera pans around me in slow motion as I prepare to para-jump out the back of a B52 into the Amazon Basin). However, it was the sheer power of their live show that built the band their reputation. When the drone shudders through your torso and the textures scrape that sweet spot nestled near the back of your brain, when the sensory experience takes on that physical dimension, that’s what can’t be replicated at home and that’s where Fuck Buttons excel. Win Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

September 14 2013


where
The Lir, Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay), Dublin 2


when
9pm

how much
€14

fringe
Lippy

Summer, 2000. Three sisters and their aunt are found dead in their home in Leixlip. Suicide, by way of starvation is the found to be the cause. Lippy does not offer explanation, reason or dramatisation for a story as inconceivable as it is tragic. It is a subject that is dealt with such heavy handed physicality the results are almost transparent, and the idea of a lightness in the heaviness of death, of a gentle descent upwards as the body is sunk in the ground is executed by a production heavy with harrowing visuals, sounds that thrash and plunder through the space and body movements that distort and twist your vision. At times difficult viewing, this is theatre that is raw and unashamed and absolutely worth seeing. / Sophie Donaldson

   
 

September 14 2013


where
The Lir, Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay), Dublin 2


when
2pm/7pm

how much
€13/€11

fringe
The King's Feet

Keep this between us but I am planning my escape. I am going to skip out on recession depression Dublin and high tale it to a desert tax free Kingdom. While there I will make enormous amounts of money doing almost nothing, my tan will be devastatingly awesome and friends at home will actually die in heights of jealousy. Sadly Liam and Amanda’s plan to avoid hardship at home by moving to the Promised Land is anything but escape. Watch a cursory tale of shattered dreams and lowered expectations draw you in. Who isn’t considering emigration at this point? Who hasn’t heard about how much better everything is far from Dublin? Also never ever trust a stunning blonde with perfect pink manicured nails who claims to be a content bin lady. She is obviously up to something. Oh and I’m probably not really emigrating. / Joseph Kearney

 

September 14 2013


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11:30pm

how much
€10

gig
Rudimentary Records & Savage Present...

Belfast born producer Barry Lynn makes a return to his Boxcutter alias after a brief stint releasing music as The Host last year. Lynn has been a long time favourite of British label Planet Mu, releasing a total of 6 albums with them over the last 8 years. Lately he’s been hard at work on a number of fresh EPs destined for release on Om Unit’s Cosmic Bridge label, Rudimentary Records and Lynn’s own Kinnego label, and having just dropped a promo mix for Planet Mu’s Fabric take-over, it looks like he’s been keeping busy. Also joining him from the Rudimentary roster are Bass Clef, Twoc and the superb Sina. whose track From Love to Dust has been remixed by no less than Soosh and Kelpe! Expect an evening of jazzy, bass driven grooves, lazy hip-hop beats, abstract electronica and frenetic floor fillers. / Dave Desmond

 

September 14 2013


where
Players Theatre , 35 Regent House Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2


when
6:30pm

how much
€13/€11

fringe
GRINDR/A Love Story

GRINDR/A love story isn't about GRINDR, sexuality, or hooking up online. It's about how we stalk people's online presences, study who they know, what they like and what they eat. Then we decide they're the one. But we can't bring ourselves to say hi to them in the street. We're shy in reality, but can only express ourselves with 140 well chosen characters in Twitter. We've lost the daring and front to walk up to someone and say 'Hey, I like the look of you. Wanna go for a drink?' This explores the inherent humiliation in being intimate with people you barely know, the carefully planned and manipulated use of technology, and the fact that, if you just take away your phone and laptop, the reality is that you're at home, alone, on a Friday night. In turns funny and sad, GRINDR/A love story is a tender way to spend an evening. / Cora Burke

   
 

September 14 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10pm

how much
€10/€14

gig
Steffi

Loneliness, emptiness, no happiness, just sadness. You gotta love a DJ that can make an inherently sad topic feel the polar opposite of that. Dutch girl Steffi does just that as well as techno and bass heavy house. Steffi produces quite the mix of genres and more often than not is pushing the boundaries in whatever genre she choses. Progressive and damn catchy, what ties all of Steffi's music together is it is uncompromisingly good club music. Like many DJs these days, Steffi is a Berlin resident - as well as a (slightly less common) Panoroma Bar resident and record label owner, not to mention ample experience DJing in underground clubs and an increasingly strong relationship with Ostgot Tun. / Niamh Keenan

 

September 14 2013


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm-11pm

how much
€15

gig
Mark Geary

The term singer songwriter has become a dirty word in Ireland. Like Hipster without the not too casual throw of an ironic set of braces over the shoulder. But in its truest sense, Mark Geary is a songsmith of rare ability and his enduring existence in a scene that has deemed his type as surplus to cool needs is noteworthy. An apprenticeship spent in NYC in the late 90’s and early 00’s meant crafting songs around the likes of Jeff Buckley in legendary hangout Sin E and resulted in early albums 33 ⅓ Grand Street and Ghosts. At this stage the singer-songwriter pool was full of sorrowful fish drowning with eyes closed, but now, away from all this, we can perhaps better appreciate the way Geary swims. There is the warmth of humanity that spills from his music and this is backed up live by a genuine old fashioned stage craft. / Emmet Condon

   
 

September 14 2013


where
The Pepper Canister Church, 2 Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2


when
6pm

how much
€14 / €16

fringe
Rites of Passage : State of the Nation

The Trailblaze team have been platforming ideas and contentions whilst torch lighting all aspects of our existence over the last few years. Their Rites of Passage series is their most ambitious to date tackling past, present and future with a host of activists and provocateurs. So where are we right now? Healers, writers, producers and creators will be telling us the answer to this from their myriad of persepectives. All will be marshalled by Colm O'Gorman of Amnesty International (and one time Progressive Democrat Senator for anyone caring to lob that grenade from the pews). The 83-year-old national treasure that is Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh is also sharing his wealth of experience. Poet Colm Keegan, comedian Eleanor Tiernan, fiddle buzzer Daithí and Nina Hynes with the St Brigid's School in Killester are on hand at interludes. / Zach Joyce

 

September 15 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
9:30pm

how much
€16/€14

fringe
The Late David Turpin

There's a hushed, almost coquettish, charm to The Late David Turpin. But don't be fooled, his shy poise masks the existence of a perfectionist whose sound is being continually elevated by a diverse supporting cast. In We Belong Dead, his new album, Turpin plays taxidermist to his tracks embalming and embellishing each one with a sheen of pop intrigue such as in A Warning to the CuriousTerrifically stylised and considered in the execution of all aspects of his musical existence, his show at the Fringe last year was a thrilling blissful treat. Rest assured, Turpin will have spent hundreds, nay thousands, of hours considering tonight. There's a chamber choir and many special guests paying tribute to his passing and resurrection. / Zach Joyce

 

September 15 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7:30pm

how much
€17

gig
The Black Angels

How tiresome, how enervating life must be for those whose existence is predicated on identifying the next thing, the new thing. The Avant Garde winked silently out of existence in the late 60s, leaving us whirling in a meaningless void. Like their contemporaries The Warlocks, The Black Angels understand this truth. Their sound is sometimes described as 'neo psychedelic' or 'psych rock'. This is of no consequence. They do their thing. They are not here to popularise a trouser or sell you on a haircut. They exist in a perfect musical stasis - five Texans fused in a dark amber of their own conjuring. While other bands bleat endlessly of their need to innovate, these guys perpetually percolate, questing toward an unknowable, terrible perfection. Give yourself to their viscous methadone drone. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

September 16 2013


where
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
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when
9am-5pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-6pm (Sat & Sun)

how much
Free

exhibition
Sculpture In Context 2013

Some places - such as The Botanical Gardens - are excursions engraved lovingly in Dubliners' minds for the ritual of the pilgrimage itself. It's the place you visited with your gran, a first date, or a day you needed some space to think... and every time you visit there is something different, you. As you change so does your experience of that ritual and it's a reason to love it all the more. You have history together. Sculpture in Context has returned to the gardens, showcasing Irish and international artists. The 'exhibit' is as much about where the art is as what it is - whether it's an unanticipated figure dipping a toe into a familiar lily pond, or a hidden installation in a tree. This is a gallery curated by nature. Truly a pilgrimage to the unexpected. / Rachel Lucy Ray

 

September 17 2013


where
Cross Gallery, 59 Francis Street, Dublin 8
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when
10:30am-5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Morphogenesis

A paradox makes itself felt as one wanders the space housing Andrew Folan’s creatures: on the one hand, there is a feeling of the unfinished to these sculptures, perversely white naked canvases in seeming need to be robed with colour – the spine holding together the leaves in a sculpture called ‘The Book of Genesis’ unravels at the back in threads of twine – but on the other, a sense of finality; these pure bones of life that once was bleached by the searing sun of overhead lights. Life, creation and death ring as themes to the work, designed by Folan using computer software. An animated installation called ‘A Topological Autopoeisis’ echoes an organ renewing itself – the liver of Prometheus perhaps: that martyred champion of man’s ability to create, to whom the exhibition touches back and pays its debt. / Olen Bajarias

 

September 17 2013


where
Dublin Whiskey Company , (formerly Mill St Studios) Mill Street Dublin 8


when
9pm

how much
€30

fringe
Dinner and a Show

Neil Watkins latest show will attempt to meet all of the audiences primal needs, you will be fed (5 courses) to stave off hunger and you will be soothed with music and merriment to still your racing pulse. You will be entertained and you will hear tales, learn a bunch of lovely beautiful things and if it all goes to plan you may even be emotionally nourished. Though the poster suggest this is all riding on Watkins shoulders it is actually an ensemble of some of Dublin’s finest foodies, choreographers and musicians. Let’s do some name dropping, Leonie the Pony created the movement, Katie of Living Dinners and Aisling of The Fumbally have created the food, The Buffalo Women are bringing the tunes and it’s up to you the well fed audience to enjoy it all. Dancing is encouraged to fully enjoy the sensual feast. / Joseph Kearney

 

September 17 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8:15pm

how much
€16/€14

fringe
Break

A group of teachers are trying to maintain order and instill structure in a community of students who have just suffered a severe incident. The group of 30-something teachers are at a life turning point, still young enough to remember what being cool is and yet long enough in their roles to begin to lose themselves and forget that they were going to change the world. Then reality hits, kids need structure, students need leaders, photocopying is important and that Kinsella girl is always stuck into everyone. Amy Conroy’s voice is beautifully pure in all her writing, her depiction of her favourite student, the empathy and regret expressed, will touch your soul and might help you remember who you are, or who you are supposed to be. / Joseph Kearney

   
 

September 18 2013


where
Samuel Beckett Theatre ,


when
8:45pm

how much
€14/€12

fringe
Distance From The Event

Distance From The Event is a frightening glimpse into a dystopian Huxley-esque world, where the galaxy is being colonised planet by planet, and there's a population ready and willing to do your bidding, if you butcher their intellects by inserting chips into their heads. With a dreamy but chilling set, all LED panels and threatening movement, and a simplistic, versatile set, each character is challenged with a multitude of roles. The plot is somewhat abandoned, and sometimes overwrought, but the starry turns of the ensemble and the originality of the set more than make up for that. PS. Ladies, don't be disappointed when you realise Aaron Heffernan isn't gonna take to the stage. He might just be disguised and incognito in the audience... / Cora Burke

 

September 18 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6:30pm

how much
€20

cinema
My Dinner With Andre

With scripts often playing second fiddle to CGI effects, art house favourite My Dinner With Andre is a back to basics approach to film making constructed around the art of a damn fine chinwag. Set in a sumptuous New York eatery, the conversation is spun between two friends, Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, both of whom play themselves. This is not a documentary, nor entirely fictional- words have been lifted from real conversations then mashed and moulded into the verbal feast that follows. The nuances of each man emerges as the film progresses and they at once wrestle and clash, then caress and contrast in a pared back style that leaves just the table between them as the playing field. This screening also includes an after film dinner in the IFI Cafe Bar- BYO camcorder. / Sophie Donaldson
 

September 18 2013


where
Tivoli Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Francis Street, Dublin 8
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when
7.30pm

how much
Free. See comp.

screening
Jameson Cult Film Club: Die Hard

Not only did John McClane overcome a bunch of highly-trained, well-dressed terrorists/thieves armed with a walkie-talkie, a zippo, and a potty mouth, but he also kicked seven shades of shimmering shite out the action movie format that was known up until then. For Die Hard (1988) remains one of the leanest, tightly constructed action movies of all time. This story of an off duty New York cop who attends an office party in an LA skyscraper in an attempt to win back his wife but ends up locked in a lonestar battle against one of cinema's best villains, Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), is to the 80s what Jesus is to Christians; it completely defines an entire generation of wowed believers. What better way to enjoy this masterpiece than in the company of other Jameson Cult Film ClubbersWin Tickets / Vernon Steel

   
 
You can call me Al...

Le Cool split its sides with funnyman Al Porter talking Rammed, the comedy night on everybody's lips. 

There were comedy nights in my area and I saw local people performing onstage. I realised that if they can do it, surely I could too. And that was how I started: I just asked for a spot. I don’t have sessions where I sit down and write material for my act; it’s too controlled an environment. What I do is take down notes. I take notes of everything. A lot of my comedy comes from characters that I’ve met, people I know. 

Rammed takes place fortnightly, on a Monday night – which might be a difficult sell for some. But it was the only night I could get festival-quality acts for €5/7 where other places would charge €25. I want a varied spectrum of comedians. Because I’m very loud and colourful, I want to put on quieter comedians with a dry sense of wit.

I plan to run a one-night-only variety show in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital in December. I want to put on the most cheery of comedy. I’d like to build a reputation as one of the lighter things in Irish life.

Check out RAMMED here. PHOTO: Johnny McMillan