Time to shake off the lockdown blues and laugh so hard your face hurts at The Craic House at St Patrick's Festival 2022!
Three nights of what Ireland does best …having the craic.
Roll up to THE CRAIC HOUSE for belly laughs and shenanigans where the Big Top will be brimming with Ireland's greatest comedians!
Come one, Come all – and bring your sense of craic!
Dublin Comedy Improv features the talents of Ian Coppinger, Joe Rooney (Father Ted, Killinaskully), Kevin Gildea (Father Ted, The Works), Danny Kehoe (Republic of Telly, Moone Boy) Sharon Mannion (Bridget & Eamon), Paul Tylak (Halal Daddy,Informer), Graeme Singleton and Michelle Read (not on telly, likes watching it).
The show is entirely unscripted, based on audience suggestions, á la Whose Line Is It Anyway, and is guaranteed to be “absolutely amazing” and “hilariously funny” (Hot Press).
Dublin Comedy Improv are the longest running (and funniest) improv show in town. Comedy festival favourites, who have toured worldwide, the stars have tickled the boards with cast members of The Simpsons, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, The Drew Carey Show, and, of course, Whose Line is it Anyway. Their line-up is made up of acclaimed comedians, actors and writers who work together live on stage to bring their spur-of-the moment, whip-sharp ribaldry to the populace. This is comedy play-time with the grown-ups!
“Nuclear powered and riotously funny”The Irish Times
“The improvisation is spot on, imaginative and hilarious”The Independent – UK
“It’s bordering on amazing how quick their wit is. Razor sharp”Beat – Melbourne
Fred Cooke delivers a unique brand of comedy through his musical prowess, physical storytelling and warm, affable stage presence.
Best known for his TV work, Fred has been a regular on the highly successful RTÉ shows, Republic of Telly, The Fear and The Tommy Tiernan Show. He was a semi-finalist on RTÉ One’s Dancing With The Stars in 2019
His musical sketches are a constant success with several Republic of Telly| Hidden Camera Pranks going viral on Youtube.
Fred is a staple of the festival circuit, performing at countless festivals at home and abroad such as Electric Picnic, Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival, Vodafone Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has supported comedy legends Ardal O’Hanlon and Tommy Tiernan, and has shared the stage with comedy heavyweights like Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Dara O Brian, Kevin Bridges and Sarah Millican.
He is also involved with the writing and production of the musical sell-out comedy: City West Side Story.
Danny has been performing stand-up comedy for over thirteen years, headlining regularly at top comedy clubs and festivals to worldwide audiences. As the resident host and owner of both The Comedy Crunch and The Wild Duck Comedy Club in Dublin as well as Castlebar Comedy Club in the west of Ireland (three of Ireland’s most successful comedy clubs) His friendly, high energy and anecdotal style draws in an audience and brings on the big laughs with ease!
Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara Ó Briain – Danny was handpicked in 2016 to perform as part of the iconic ‘Best of The Edinburgh Fest’ Show across Australia touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He was asked back in 2018 and again 2019, making him the only Irish comic to do the tour a record three times.
He performed his first solo show at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival to rave reviews and scooped the title of “Dublin’s Funniest Comedian” at the prestigious “Stand Up For FM104” that same year. In 2013 Danny took part in the Irish TV show The RTE Comedy Awards and released his first comedy album on iTunes as part of the Irish Underground Comedy Show. He also beat sixteen of Ireland’s best up-and-coming acts to take the coveted Toilet Duck Award at Tedfest (the now-famous Father Ted celebration).
Danny featured in The 2017 Comedy Central Show “Brexit at Tiffany’s” and is a regular on Irish Television and Radio. He has toured nationally with Ireland’s biggest radio stars Dermot & Dave on their sell-out live show as well as regularly opening for acts such as The USA’s David Cross and Scotland’s Iain Stirling in Ireland’s premier comedy venue, Vicar Street. In 2018 he opened for American comedian Bill Burr in front of over 7,000 people in Dublin.
He has returned to The Edinburgh Fringe with a brand new hour each and every year since. His 2018 solo show ‘Lock-In’ sold out its entire run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Clifden Arts Festival and received rave reviews. The show toured over 60 dates all over the globe in 2019 including an extensive Irish tour as well as cities including London, Prague, Brno, Budapest, Berlin, LA and finally finishing with a month-long tour of Asia including Bangkok, Saigon, Hanoi, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. His brand new show ‘Reformer’ debuted at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival and had a series of sold-out shows in the US, Europe and a whole host of Festivals as well as a 30+ date sellout Irish and UK Tour in early 2020.
During the pandemic of 2020, Danny O' Brien launched a hugely successful event company 'Garden Gigs Ireland' which saw him perform outdoor socially distanced shows along with Australian comedian Damian Clark to local Dublin communities and frontline workers which featured on every major Irish and UK news and media outlet. During lockdown he helped to raise over €100,000 through online shows and fundraisers for The Irish cancer Society, Pieta House and Wexford Women's Refuge to name but a few. Danny also filmed and produced a live “Lockdown Comedy Special” which received huge viewing figures from it's Saturday night TV airing as well as ten's of thousands of views online-it was the first of it's kind on Irish television and was praised for it's innovation during the lockdown!
Garden Gigs Ireland has continually adapted to the pandemic performing well over 100+ online shows and virtual events with its own developed format for companies and organisations all over the globe. Danny has also facilitated 'Comedy & Confidence Building' workshops for secondary schools all over Ireland since last spring and launched the hugely successful 'Ringend Comedy Festival' with two days of sellout shows, over a dozen acts with all of the festivals ticket proceeds going to two local childrens charities, Féileacáin and Autism Equality Dublin Bay.
In early 2021 Danny performed a solo comedy tour of Central America with several sell out shows all over Guatemala donating all of his shows ticket proceeds to the local comedians & musicians who opened the shows as well as local charities that supported communities that had been hit the hardest by the pandemic such as The Integral Heart Foundation, Casa del Alfarero Association and to the local Mayan communities in Tzununa at Lake Atitlan.
In March of 2021, O' Brien then teamed up with local Costa Rican comedian and musician Kurt Dyer to do the first ever Irish/Tico double header show on Saint Patricks in San José, the show was a compete advance sell out and the first big live performance in the entire country is over a year. The duo also filmed an viral comedy sketch 'Salmón' which received over 50,000 views on it's first day!
These live shows have now set a pioneering platform for an Irish & International Comedy and Music Festival tour launching in Central America in 2022 that will be hosted and curated by Danny O' Brien.
After a summer of sold out outdoor festival shows and live comedy finally returning to Ireland, O' Brien has already performed to a sold out Vicar Street this month, sharing the stage with Deirdre O' Kane and Ardal O' Hanlon, This October he has toured in Edinburgh and Austria and will also host 'The Wild Duck Halloween Comedy Festival' in Dublin as well as performing at Galway Comedy Festival on some of the biggest shows of the weekend in The Black Box Theatre! He will tour his new solo show 'The God Of All Things Bad' from November right into the spring of 2022 in Ireland, the UK, the US and more.
Quotes and Reviews:
“He opened for me at the 3Arena and f*cking murdered it!”— Bill Burr
“O’Brien is genuinely, uproariously funny with a huge stage presence and wicked timing”
- The Sunday Independent ★★★★★
“O’ Brien took to the stage like a force of nature…one suspects it won’t be too much longer before stadiums come calling” - The Examiner ★★★★★
"A perfect mix of brains, banter and brilliance"-Great Scott ★★★★★
"Danny O' Brien absolutely nailed it!" - David Cross (Arrested Development