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weighing in
There is nothing better than taking a mid-week day off and a lunchtime trip to the theatre. Bewleys Café Theatre are currently showing ‘Weighing In’, a fast-paced comedy about life, love and dieting – and how we just need to adjust the scales to find the right balance. It was laugh-out-loud funny and the perfect lunchtime treat.

Starring the perfect team of Isabel Mahon as the uptight, diet-obsessed posh newcomer Pam McGowan and Rose Henderson as the fun-loving, easy-going family woman Breda. After one Easi-Slim meeting the two women strike up an unlikely friendship with Pam encouraging Breda on her quest to shed those stubborn pounds. It is Pam’s enthusiastic energy and obsession with calories that creates the most laughs. The only thing I found a little distracting was the annoying chatter when Rosaleen Linehan voiced the Diet Leader. As their friendship grows and Breda starts to lose the weight, it becomes clear that beneath Pam’s slim exterior lies an insecure woman whose life isn’t as perfect as she makes it out to be. The play doesn’t take itself too seriously and the script is well-written. It is on till January 24th and definitely worth a look.

The sad news of Bewleys refurbishment hit the papers lately but be glad in the knowledge that Powerscourt are hosting Bewleys Café Theatre in the interim so lunchtime theatre lives on.
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Can’t wait for this series to come to Ireland…please RTE buy it for us!!! Pretty please!!!

This new show Girls about four broke twentysomethings trying to make their way in New York just premiered on HBO on Sunday. Written, directed and starred in by Lena Dunham, and produced by Judd Apatow. It’s looks funny and real.


Wondering what to do this July….well look no further than “10 Days in Dublin”, a unique independent arts festival in Dublin, which draws together the best of music, comedy, and the performing arts, while maintaining an open and inclusive programme.

MUSIC, COMEDY & THE PERFORMING ARTS
We are hurtling towards mid-July amidst an explosion of rainbow bright entertainment. From cracking comedy to intercultural collaborations to wacked out cinemas; we are getting ready to throw it all at you! Forget buying wellies for Irish slop-fests, get yourself some full body protection and get down to The Workman’s Club for some ferocious fun this July!

Come down and offset that start-of-week fear with a night of sketch comedy courtesy of Foil, Arms and Hog on Monday July 11th. The Irish comedy troupe will be coming to our gaff as part of the 10 Days in Dublin Festival. Their observational, dark, surreal comedy sketch ‘Comedy Doesn’t Pay’ could revive even the most jaded of fringe goers. This performance is one to catch. Doors 8.30pm and tickets at only €5.00.

On Tuesday July 12th, 10 Days in Dublin presents Little Green Cars. These Irish indie newcomers have caused a quite a stir on the home circuit and all at the tender age of 18! Having now completed their first single with David Kosten (Bat for Lashes/Everything Everything), they are set to have a very exciting year. Catch them before the lions take their share! Doors 8.30pm and tickets at €5.00.

On Wednesday July 13th get ready for Betrayal of Penguins courtesy of the 10 Days in Dublin Festival. Regular crowd-pleasers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with two sold –out, highly acclaimed runs, the sketch comedy group are in the big smoke to give you a taste of their magic! Doors are 8.30pm and tickets at €8.

Continuing the 10 Days in Dublin festivities, The Pandora Music Agency presents ‘Excuse My French’ on Thursday July 14th. Come down and celebrate Bastille Day with an intercultural music show featuring musicians from both Ireland and France and spanning musical genres and experiences. The show will feature the talented pianist Rivkah, the dark soul vibe of Tiger Cooke, electro-melodic adventures of Robotnik and electro-pop tunes of Kim. Join us in our very own Hiberno-French musical Revolution! Doors are 8.30pm and tickets at €8.

On Friday July 15th, 10 Days in Dublin provides us with a fantastic audio-visual experience as they invite the crew from the popular website Storymap.ie for a performance at The Workman’s Club. ‘Bang Bang’s Forty Coats’ is a very special Storymap.ie fundraiser night, which celebrates the unveiling of their 50th Dublin story. The event is set to feature storytelling from Dublin’s finest tellers, some quality top notch comedy and some very bouncy music. Tickets are €5.00 and doors are at 8.30pm.

On Saturday July 16th 10 Days in Dublin Festival will sadly be drawing to a close, but not without a banging party to send it off! Yes, come down to The Workman’s Club and enjoy a surprise line up of some of the best music and comedy these shores have to offer! Doors will be 8.30pm and tickets €5, with all proceeds going to Dublin’s Simon Community! DJ Ed Smith (Pet Sounds) will be taking over our First Floor Bar from 10.30pm on Saturday July 16th, banging out ferocious sounds all night, all for FREE!

Wall of Death and Wacked Out Cinema returns to for its July installation on Sunday July 17th. The perfect way to wind down after a weekend of madness, we open our doors at 5.30pm for the screening of two celluloid classics, followed by an evening of eclectic, soul-soothing beats. This month’s movies are ‘The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue’ and ‘Forklift Driver Klaus’ Mass continues at The Workman’s Club every Sunday night. Come down and repent with Sister Lisa Marie, as she lashes out all manner of guilty pleasures from 10pm and for FREE!

For more information & to book tickets, check out their website: http://www.10daysindublin.ie/events.php


Friday night Jason Byrne had his solo show in Vicar Street. He skipped onto the stage with all the enthusiasm and energy of a five-year-old pulling audience members out of their seats and onto the stage for a workout. They stepped and skipped with gusto and so began a hilarious, high-energy two hours. He had the crowd in stitches from the get-go. Lots of audience interaction and off-the-cuff improvising combined to make comedy gold. It could only happen in Dublin with the audience members providing plenty of laughs – one guy Alan or as Jason christened him ‘Scobie’ was the star attraction with his tracksuit top, then we had the golf pro and the newly-weds who were on a night out with their mates each sitting at different tables. For those that don’t know, Scobie is orginally used for members of the travelling community in Ireland but now used to describe anti-social delinquants. Some of these things you just couldn’t make up and you could only imagine them happening in Ireland. By the interval, the laughs were coming thick and fast.

I especially loved the nostalgia of the second half with the photo corner – Jason showcasing the funniest family photos with dodgy 70s fashion and family day outs. We laughed until it hurt. Jason definitely doesn’t take himself too seriously and with his comedy even his family aren’t safe as they all feature strongly in his act. He gets his inspiration from those around him and those funny family moments. This is one funny man well worth seeing. If laughter is the best medicine, Dr. Jason is in the house.


More than 60 international and Irish comedians are to play 44 shows, including Tommy Tiernan, Des Bishop, ‘Apres Match’, PJ Gallagher, Ardal O’Hanlon and Neil Delamere. The performances will take place in four fully seated, purpose-built venues, including the Iveagh Theatre tent, the Carlsberg Comedy Carousel, the Shack and the Grand Pavilion. Tickets will be sold on a show-by-show basis starting from €23.

I was there last night for the opening night to see Jason Byrne, an Irish comedian from Dublin who has presented shows like Anonymous and The Byrne Ultimatum. We walked into the gardens and were welcomed with a brass band and two fighting brides in wedding dresses who were accosting members of the public into their wedding party – it was definitely all about the comedy. The gardens were well laid out and thankfully for once the rain held off so we were able to enjoy a drink al fresco. There was a good choice available either at the Carlsberg Bar or a cocktail bar as well as various food options. There was a good buzz as people prepared to go to the first comedy shows starting at 7.30pm. I liked the look of the various tents. We were in the Grand Pavilion so after queuing for drinks we headed straight there.

The tent was dark and hot and we found seats in the second row not sure whether that was a good thing or a bad thing! The MC for the night was John Lynn who did a good job of warming up the audience and introducing a young American comedian and YouTube sensation, Bo Burnham. Flown in from the States and still suffering from jetlag, he launched into some funny songs on his keyboard reminding me a little of our own David Doherty. This 20-year-old is clearly talented and very intelligent. He wowed us with his singing, keyboard playing, guitar, statistics, haikus and sonnets! He’s a little like an anti-poet taking potshots at William Shakespeare. His humour was at times a little American-based and definitely politically incorrect but overall he wasn’t boring.

Jason Byrne came on and he was hilarious delivering line after line of observational humour and having the audience in stitches. Thankfully we didn’t sit in the front row as those poor people were part of the show from the youth to the girl invited onto the stage to skip to the two Ozzies on holiday – Brydon and Warren, they were all part of the act. He did a good hour of pure comedy gold before the show ended and another one was due to start at 9.30. It’s a shame though that they don’t offer something like a comedy pass for the weekend or buy two shows get one free or some other special offers to get people to stay around and see more shows. It can be expensive with all the shows starting from €23 but it is a good night out.

Get thee to the comedy carnival and laugh your socks off!


Where can you get better entertainment than a hilarious night out with Michael McIntyre for the extraordinary price of 15 euros for a ticket? Well, that was exactly what we got on Friday night in the Academy. It was advertised on Facebook and the first show sold out so quickly they decided to put on another one on the Saturday too.

Michael even had a support act to warm up the crowd – didn’t catch his name but he was funny enough and looked like Screech from Saved by the Bell but a more grown up English version. There is something in that comedians looking like they would be funny without even aving to open their mouth – Michael also has it. That and acute observational humour in bucketfuls. Michael came on looking relaxed with glasses instead of contact lenses shouting ‘Story? What’s the Story?’ and comparing us Irish to spoilt toddlers demanding a narrative. He continued with the Irish observations most hitting the mark but a few of the regular stereotypes. He explained that this show was a taster of the Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow tour which is coming to Dublin in August. He is over to roadtest and gather some material for that gig and judging by Friday night we are in for a treat, it is sure to be a good show.


Carlsberg Comedy Carnival
This year’s Carlsberg Comedy Carnival features an incredible line-up of world-class international and home grown Irish comedians. And that’s not all. A fantastic array of performance artists and musicians will keep comedy lovers entertained between shows and comedy goers can enjoy a delicious selection of gourmet food, chilled beer and drinks.

Tickets are sold on a show by show basis starting from just a great value €23. Tickets can also be used as a festival day pass so comedy lovers can take in a show, enjoy a full day’s carnival entertainment, and use the unique setting for the perfect day out including picnic areas, the Carlsberg Deck and the Carlsberg ‘C’ lounge, all in their own private park!
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The international line-up for Carlsberg Comedy Carnival features ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ legend and all round diamond geezer Phill Jupitus (who will be appearing with The Stars of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ along with original member Josie Lawrence). There are a big number of American acts including internet phenomenon Bo Burnham who was one of the stars of last years festival, Emo Phillips, described by Jay Leno as “the best joke writer in America,” Arj Barker, star of ‘Flight of The Conchords’, Natasha Leggero, a regular guest on Chelsea Handler’s late night talk show ‘Chelsea Lately’, Reggie Watts the comedic beat-boxing marvel with the cloud of black hair, and the king of comedy cool Reg D. Hunter. There is also Jason Manford, team captain from Channel 4’s ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’, Chris Addison (Star of BAFTA award winning ‘The Thick of It’ & Oscar nominated ‘In the Loop’) as well as Rufus Hound, best known for being the Blue Team Captain on the TV series ‘Argumental’ and for dressing up as Cheryl Cole and dancing to Fight For This Love for 2010’s Let’s Dance for Sport Relief.

Carlsberg Comedy Carnival will also feature the best home grown comedy talent including Des Bishop, Jason Byrne, Apres Match, Tommy Tiernan, PJ Gallagher, Dermot Whelan, Andrew Maxwell, Ardal O’Hanlon, Colin Murphy, David O’Doherty, Ed Byrne, Dead Cat Bounce, Maeve Higgins, Neil Delamere and Jarlath Regan to name just a few.

Speaking at the launch, Karen Murphy, Senior Brand Manager, Carlsberg said, “We’re delighted that Jason Byrne, Risteard Cooper and Dermot Whelan could join us for the launch. Carlsberg Comedy Carnival is an incredible event where the very best in stand-up and improv comedy, musicians, street performers and great food and drink come together to create a spectacular carnival atmosphere.”

This year’s show will be performed in four, fully-seated, purpose-built venues, including the atmospheric Iveagh Theatre tent, the Carlsberg Comedy Carousel, the intimate Shack and the boho chic Grand Pavilion.

Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster Desk, Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 and other outlets nationwide.

Booking:
www.ticketmaster.ie
+353 818 719300

http://www.carlsbergcomedy.com/


HAVE A GIGGLE FOR TEMPLE STREET!
LOL Comedy Night
Saturday 26th June

With a whole host of Irish Comedians including:
Maeve Higgins

David O Doherty

Jarlath Regan

Dermot Whelan

Eric Lawlor

Eleanor Tiernan

…plus more great names to be announced!!

Dont miss the best ticket in town – Log onto Ticketmaster today to secure your spot!


Dublin City Gets Soul
The Dublin City Soul Festival runs from the 27th – 30th May. It is a celebration of peace, unity and love and as their slogan goes “Soul ain’t nothing but a feeling so why not come out and celebrate with us, let the music capture your heart, the fine food fill your tummy and the laughter soothe your soul!” Among the events planned including rising soul artists appearing in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar from Thursday to Sunday, ‘Laugh yer soul off’ in the Laughter Lounge, Soul Food in the restaurant trail, plenty of competitions including a trip to Memphis and all culminating in the Soul Picnic in Merrion Square on the 30th May.

Soul Picnic
On Sunday May 30th 2010 from midday the 4th annual Soul Picnic will take place live from the beautiful surroundings of Merrion Square Park. Enjoy the very best local, national and international performers in a picnic style.


Nighthawks at the Cobalt
Saturday, 6th March, 2010
Cobalt Cafe
16 North Great Georges Street
Dublin 1

As well as being a 1942 painting by Edward Hopper that portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night, Nighthawks is also a night of musical, comedy and literary entertainment in an elegant Georgian setting. The original Nighthawks is considered Hopper’s most famous painting, as well as one of the most recognizable in American art. The term “night-hawk”, like ‘night owl’, is used figuratively to describe someone who stays up late. These cultural extravaganza’s have been running for more than a year now and were set up by Stephen Kennedy. The next one is due to take place tomorrow with the following artists:

Engine Alley (Canice and Brian Kenealy)
Engine Alley are one of the very best Irish bands ever, are the headline act. Engine Alley formed in Kilkenny in the late 1980s signed to U2’s label, Mother Records, in 1991. Their fantastic debut album, A Sonic Holiday, produced by Steve Lillywhite, won the Hot Press award for Best Irish Album of 1992. The album contained such glorious hits as ‘Mrs. Winder’, ‘Song for Someone’ and ‘Infamy’. Then, in 1995, Engine Alley independently released their second album, entitled Shot in the Light. It had a much darker sound than their glam-pop debut album, and although it didn’t register the same number of hit singles, it was unanimously praised by music critics here and abroad. Engine Alley broke up a year or so after that, but – when the moon is full and the forest is silent – they do still occasionally play ‘secret’ gigs in Kilkenny. Anyway, long story short, Canice and Brian Kenealy are playing the Cobalt on March 6th.

Totally Wired
Emmet and Lorcan will be up at the Cobalt, singing funny songs and throwing funny shapes. Totally Wired will also feature on the forthcoming Nighthawks’ EP that we are putting together to raise money for OXFAM. Furthermore, you can catch Totally Wired every fortnight at Club 27 in Cassidy’s on Westmoreland Street. You know it makes sense.

Eva Queen
Right, folks, Aoife Corcoran is now called Eva Queen. Got that? Same gorgeous voice, same gorgeous songs, just a different name. That’s all. So… Eva Queen is a singer/songwriter with a sound that blends soul, pop, rock, jazz and blues. She has recently signed to Reekus Records, and her debut album is due for release in 2010. Eva’s new webpage is www.myspace.com/evaqueenmusic – and there will be a single up there for FREE download the week before the Cobalt show. And, just to spoil you even more, Brian Flanagan will be playing guitar with Eva on March 6th. That alone is surely worth the price of admission.

Stephen James Smith
www.StephenJamesSmith.com is one of the very best performance poets in the country and runs an excellent weekly arts night in the International Bar called The Glor Sessions.

Tommy Nicholson
Tommy began working the Irish comedy circuit in the late 1990s, after making an impressive debut on the BBC’s New Comedy Awards with Des Bishop describing Tommy as – “The King of Underground Comedy.”

Jacqueline Martin and Larry Egan
Jacqueline is a very talented fiddle player who runs the Thursday night session in the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield. On March 6th Jacqueline will be accompanied by Larry Egan on accordion.

Aiden O’Reilly
Aiden O’Reilly is a short story writer and a novelist. On March 6th Aiden will be reading from his story ‘Self-Assembly’.

So what an electic line-up for a Saturday night – there’s a band, a comedian, a poet, a short story teller, a singer and some traditional music!

Tickets are on sale from CITY DISCS in Temple Bar (beside the Button Factory’s Wall of Fame). Tel. 01 6330066. Price 12.50 Euro. Capacity is limited, so please buy your tickets early in order to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 7.45pm. Strictly no admission after 8.10pm. Show ends at 11pm. Bar available.

Read more about these nights in the Irish Times Article: an eclectic recipe with a secret ingredient.


Milk and Cookies Nights
And if story-telling is your thing – then the Milk and Cookies Night at the Exchange, Temple Bar are well worth checking out. The next night is due to take place on Tuesday, the 9th March.

Featuring a theme — ‘Mad Science’ — and our third Bake-Off
Doors 6.30pm

Milk and Cookie Stories is for anyone who has a story to tell, or wants to hear a tale told well, in a relaxed, friendly environment ~ a place with tea, cushions, cookies and friends. The event consists of open mic storytelling, with one or two featured storytellers. The event is free and everyone is welcome. They encourage stories of all kinds; traditional, animation, musical, anything – all they ask is that it tells some kind of story, be under 10 minutes long, and if at all possible that it’s a story that’s told, rather than read.

Also feel free to bring along some goodies – all cookies/cakes/nice things are shared out amongst the crowd, and as long as you didn’t get them in the shop they’re also entered into the highly prestigious Milk and Cookie Stories BAKE-OFF! Baked by the people, judged by the people, and with prizes to be won.

And who says Dublin isn’t cultural?

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