Irish Comedy Greats
See some of Irelands Greatest Comedians in this timeless compilation. Starting with Pat Short in concert with some of his funniest renditions it then includes footage of some of Brendan Grace’s best loved sketches including A Tiny Chihuahua, The Chinese Takeaway and The Irish Wedding. It also features Jimmy O’Dea dressed up as Biddy Mulligan in one of his standout sketches, Maureen Potter as a nun talking about marriage it then moves on to more contemporary stand up with Niall Toibin, Hal Roach, Noel V Ginnity and Shaun Connors wowing the crowds with their cabaret acts. This timeless DVD over two hours in length is one for all the family.
Ireland has produced some of the world’s most popular comedians. This book explores the lives and professions of its finest exports, such as Jimmy O’Dea, Cork’s favourite son Niall Tóibín, Dublin-born Maureen Potter, Hal Roach who spent 26 of his 60 years in showbusiness performing at Jury’s Irish Cabaret and Frank Kelly, a comedian who graduated from bit part in the original Italian Job to the outrageous Father Jack Hackett in Father Ted, a series that also introduced Dermot Morgan as the title character.
Spike Milligan was another actor/comedian known for his razor-sharp wit and caustic tongue. We’ll also examine what made Frank Carson such an enduring stand-up. This extraordinary comic served with the Parachute Regiment during the Second World War and won national talent show Opportunity Knocks three times.
And no book on Irish comedy legends would be complete with the latest stars of stand-up and screen: Brendan O’Carroll may be best-known as Mrs Brown but he began his career as Brendan Grace’s roadie; Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny are better known as D’Unbelievables; and Brendan Grace has become world-famous for his character, ‘Bottler’, and his unforgettable portrayal of Father Fintan Stack in Father Ted.