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The Marine Hall Comedy Club is Back

Published: Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Jarlath Regan

Returning in its most popular Friday night slot, the Marine Hall Comedy Club is back, starting on 14 March with a great line up to tickle your funny bones.

Headlining the night is 31 year old Irish comedian Jarlath Regan. Raised on the windswept plains of the Curragh of Kildare he’s a jack of all trades and all round decent fella. 

During a period as an advertising account executive he became disillusioned and decided to try his hand at comedy. After winning a place in the final of the BBC and Channel 4 new comedy awards he began gigging around Ireland in small bars, pubs and community halls. After a while he was asked to support people like Ardal O’Hanlon and David O’Doherty. Then through a stroke of good fortune he was asked to appear alongside an all-star cast of Irish comedians at the inaugural Montreal Just For Laughs Irish Comedy Gala. A television producer saw the gala and six months later the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland decided to fund a television documentary about his journey to the Edinburgh festival with his first solo show. “Nobody Knows Jarlath Regan” (TV3) was a three part series which saw Jarlath interview some of his comedy heroes and apply their advice to his daily experience of the Fringe. The entire series is available to watch on youtube and live show received a series of positive reviews in the Edinburgh media

Regan is known as one of the most prolific Irish humourists of the past ten years. He has appeared on Ireland’s version of Mock The Week – The Panel and has recently completed his second illustrated book of his twisted greeting card collection which was published by Transworld Ireland for Random House in April 2011.  The first book, “How to Break Bad News” became an instant best-seller and something of a cult classic. In January 2009 he made a little bit of history by becoming the first comedian to record a live album in Dublin’s Comedy Cellar – the venue that gave birth to Dara O’Brian, Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran.

As well as publishing his books and producing five one man shows for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, he appears as a regular contributor on radio and television while also performing at comedy festivals worldwide, he is recognised as the leader of a new generation of talented comics emerging from Ireland.

Supporting act for the night is Lucy Beaumont, a hugely talented comedy actress and writer. She was last year’s winner of The BBC New Comedy Award and she has recently won the Chortle Award for Best Newcomer. Lucy was a finalist in the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2013 and in August 2011, she was also ranked joint third in the Gilded Balloon‘s nationwide stand-up comedy competition - So You Think You’re Funny?

This year, Lucy is appearing in series two of Live At The Electric on BBC Three. She performed her own show for BBC Radio 4 titled To Hull and Back in which Jonny Vegas made an appearance and she is currently developing a show with BBC Radio. Lucy performed at this year’s Edinburgh Festival as part of The Comedy Zone, the Fringe’s longest running and most prestigious new talent showcase.

Lucy has performed in various theatre premieres, touring the UK with Hull Truck, York Theatre Royal and West Yorkshire Playhouse. She also has a number of radio credits including being a panellist on The Unbelievable Truth, DilemmaThe Magical Faraway Tree, an Enid Blyton adaptation directed by Johnny Vegas (both BBC Radio 4), History Retweeted and Crush, a 90-minute monologue for which she received a Sony Radio Award.

She is currently performing on the London stand-up circuit and developing her first solo show to take to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.

MC for the evening is stand-up comedian Phil Wang. In 2010 Phil won the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year and in 2011 won Comedy Central’s Funniest Student Award. Phil has appeared as the stand-up guest on the Rob Brydon Show (BBC2) and featured on BBC Three at the Fringe in 2011 with his debut solo show Anti Hero.

The show kicks off on 14 March at 8pm, with further Comedy Club evenings at the venue on 9 May and 11 July.

Tickets are just £12 each or £10 each when booking a table of ten or more. To book click here or call the box office on 01253 887693.