One of Ireland’s busiest comedians Ian is a regular on the world comedy circuit having played to packed houses at the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Montreal Just for Laughs, Galway, Electric Picnic, Glasgow, Dublin, Adelaide and Wellington comedy festivals. Ian is also one of a handful of acts who have been invited back year after year to perform at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival since 1995 and he has performed throughout Europe, the Middle East and Far East. A regular on all the major stages in Ireland and the UK, Ian has also appeared as a support act for Ardal O’Hanlon on his UK tour and Pat Shortt on his Irish tour, including 7 sell out weeks in Dublin’s Vicar Street. Ian has also appeared on The Panel Live tour 2008 and in 2007 had 250,000 copies of his CD distributed in the news of the world. A noted improviser, Ian is a co-founder of The Dublin Comedy Improv (1992), where he still performs every Monday night in Dublin’s International Bar, which is Ireland’s second-longest running comedy club. The Dublin Comedy Improv have recorded two hit radio shows for RTE radio.
Ian is also a regular guest with the world famous Comedy Store Players performing alongside Paul Merton, Richard Vranch, Josie Lawrence and many members of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Ian has also toured Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Far East as Whose Line Is It Anyway? with the original performers.
Dominic Holland has been doing stand-up comedy since 1991 and has become one of the most regarded comedians of his generation. Since becoming a professional comedian Dominic has performed three highly acclaimed sell out one-man shows at the Edinburgh Festival, winning the Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 1993 followed by a Perrier Nomination at the 1996 Fringe. Dominic has made countless TV appearances, recorded an award winning series for BBC Radio 4, and has published two comic novels as well as writing umpteen articles and short stories. The Small World of Dominic Holland show for BBC Radio 4, broadcast in 2000, was named as one of the stations listener’s most popular comedy shows. His acting credits include Young Persons' Guide to Becoming a Rock Star and the film Tube Tales. Dominic embarked on a writing career for the late Bob Monkhouse, On the Spot, BBC Radio 2´s What If sketch show and the BBC Clive Anderson series in which he also appeared, giving a comedic slant to the week´s news topics. The Sunday Times recently described him as 'The UK´s master of observational comedy' and the Daily Telegraph noted that 'he is a top notch stand up who everyone should see'. Dominic is now one of the country´s most respected comedians, playing regularly at The Comedy Store and performing full length at theatres all over the country. In addition, Dominic has made numerous guest appearances on such television shows as Have I Got News For You, The Clive James Show, The Brian Conley Show, The Des O'Connor Show, The Stand Up Show, Edinburgh Nights, Best of Edinburgh, The Royal Variety Show, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Chris McCausland is a stand up comedian and actor. He is also the only professional comedian in the world who is blind, and after performing stand-up since 2003, is firmly established at the very top of the UK’s live comedy circuit. Chris can regularly be seen performing at all of the country’s major clubs including the world famous Comedy Store in the heart of London’s West-End.
In 2014 Chris wrote and fronted a national TV ad campaign for Barclays Bank, which promoted their audio cash machines. He also secured a lead role in the Jimmy McGovern drama 'Moving On’ (BBC1).
Between 2005 and 2012 Chris took six different stand-up shows to the Edinburgh Festival and in 2011 was awarded the Creative Diversity Award for Comedy by a Channel 4 led panel of broadcasters that included BBC, ITV and Sky.
In 2008, 2010 and 2012 he appeared performing stand-up in three series of The Comedy Store for Paramount Comedy and Comedy Central.
Other TV credits include, 'Rudy’ the Market Trader in the Cbeebies show 'Me Too’, 'Celebrity Deal or No Deal Comedian Special’ with Jimmy Carr and 'Unwrapped’ (BBC2) with Miranda Hart.
Radio Credits include: Hawksby and Jacobs - Talksport, Gethin Jones - Five Live, Live on the Boat - R4, Loose Ends - R4
Chris is regularly asked by News channels including, BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and Sky to give his comedic slant and opinion on events happening around the world, from the serious to the ridiculous
Rising star, Brennan Reece is making huge waves in the comedy circuit winning awards, appearing on TV and Radio and performing his energetic stand up all over the Europe.
"A hilarious, rubber faced, bright young talent." - The Stage
"Rabble rousing. Brutally funny. A triumph of performance." - Chortle
Imran Yusuf is a renowned as a skilful raconteur who seamlessly weaves socio-political satire with heartfelt introspection in his charmingly endearing trademark styling. Languid, punchy, cheeky and utterly loveable, Imran has established himself as a truly unique voice in the world of comedy.
Imran is of East-African Indian descent, born in Mombasa, Kenya but raised in London with a brief stint studying illegally in the USA. Imran has travelled much of the world including Israel/Palestine, Jordan and Saudi Arabia during the Lebanon Crisis in 2006 in an all encompassing pilgrimage for which he quit his job and spent his savings.
Imran also speaks fluent Hindi/Urdu which has allowed him to go down a storm in the blossoming stand-up comedy scene in India and with his rich multicultural background, Imran has become an original voice that embodies the multi-cultural wealth that exists in modern Britain.
In 2010, Imran presented his debut solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The show, An Audience with Imran Yusuf, was part of the Laughing Horse Free Festival and it was Imran’s intention to develop his craft and material at the Fringe whilst at the same time keeping under the radar of the UK Comedy Industry and Press. However, word about the show got out and within a week Imran had gained the first of a collection of 5 star reviews, which led to him being nominated for Best Newcomer in the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 (He was the first performer from The Free Festival to be nominated in the history of the Awards). All of this whilst fasting between sunrise and sunset in observation of Ramadan.
Imran’s TV debut was also made shortly after the festival appearing on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1) and the Edinburgh Comedy Fest (BBC3) broadcast in September 2010.
Imran has completed two UK tours with his solo shows "An Audience with Imran Yusuf" and "Bring The Thunder". Imran took his third solo show "Roar of The Underdog" to the Edinburgh Festival in 2014 and is taking its sequel; "Super Roar of The Underdog Turbo X: HD Remix" to the Edinburgh Festival in 2015. Imran can also be seen as a regular member of the team-based topical comedy show; The Cutting Edge at The Comedy Store in London.
In 2015 he landed a starring role in the BBC 3 sitcom "Fried".
MC Ian Coppinger, Dominic Holland, Chris McCausland, Brennan Reece and Imran Yusuf plus open spot.
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