‘Sin’ Newspaper Article Numero 2!

What IS Funny?

It took me a while to figure out what I was going to write about in this article… What do people want to know about comedy? Jokes and stuff right? Ok…

Jokes. Jokes are to comedians what a .44 Magnum was to Dirty Harry: “Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk!”

I badmouth my jokes all the time; self-deprecation is sa crucial ingredient in a comedians spice rack. It’s important to be able to pull the piss out of your self; I’ve practically wrenched out every ounce of my dignity by this point.

But what is funny?

This question rattles around in my head like a 1cent coin in a charity bucket, hopefully it eventually adds up.

Write about the topics that I find humorous and amusing you say? Ok. The hard part is figuring out a direction, a vehicle, a chariot if you will that clearly translates the madness in my head to you the audience. This can be a daunting task. Sadly, going up and lambasting the audience with all my problems and cynicism is frowned upon, and rarely enjoyable.

I know it sounds strange but jokes are personal, it’s not just writing funny, it’s taking a topic or idea from the cellblocks of my cerebral and putting my own crafty spin on it.

I have a plethora of jokes that I find hilarious, but some jokes don’t translate well on stage, or they’re simply not funny. This is a harsh realization that smacks me in the face as I tragically broadcast a disaster of a joke to an audience’s silent confusion.

My worst joke was about the cinema popcorn trick… The age-old date trick where the male cuts a whole in the bottom of the tub of popcorn and inserts a surprise for his date to discover at a, hopefully, opportune moment during the film. This joke went through the whole ordeal, and after rambling for about ten minutes, I realized the audience had not only stopped laughing but had begun to pity me. I think I put them all off popcorn for life.

I am a constant work in progress, because jokes have a shelf life. One of the hardest tasks to do is to lay a joke to bed, because a good joke, a well-constructed joke always gets a laugh, which makes it easy to hide behind, and can make a comedian lazier than a college student after a mental weekend!

I have a joke about Lassie and his utter contempt for Timmy, the numskull in the show who continually injured himself. I then distressfully suggest to the audience “will somebody please put a helmet on this kid!” Lassie has been getting laughs for almost two years, but now I am slowly coming to the unfortunate realization that it might be time to put Lassie to sleep… for a while… This is tough, because Lassie is one of my favorite bits, but like Dirty Harry, I have to continually build my arsenal and push my luck.

But the question still remains… “What is funny?”

I turn the question to you the reader, what do you find funny? I would be interested to hear what your take is. Is Lassie funny? Farts? Walking into a door? Let’s see who can come up with the funniest topics. E-mail your ideas to: unhingedcomedyclub@hotmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

If your looking to see some of the material I am working on live, check out the “Unhinged Comedy Club”, downstairs in The Cellar Bar, on every Thursday at 9pm. Come and see Lassie put to sleep.

I’m Connor McDonough-Flynn, love life and laugh ladies and gentleman, and support live comedy, until next time, g’luck!

 

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Galway Comedy Invasion.

Stand-up Comedy is one of the purest, most nerve rattling forms of live performance. As a rising (hopefully) comedian that travels the country for gigs, I perceive that Galway is becoming a hotspot for this jocular entertainment. There are an increasing number of venues for budding and seasoned comedians to get on stage and let it fly.

I’m sure, even as you’re reading this you’re thinking: “tell us a joke.” A request that teases my daily life, the same way the song “Galway Girl” vexes local musicians. But as Shakespeare said: “All the world’s a stage.”

There’s another age-old myth that comedians are all crazy, energy filled lunatics. This is not a complete truism. I cannot speak for everybody, but I agree with Aristotle: “There’s no great genius without a mixture of madness.”

The life of a comedian is always twisted, filled with turbulence and butterflies. “Make me laugh funny man!” the comedian heard from the anxious audience. To be a glutton for punishment is an ideal trait if you’re thinking of chancing your arm and telling a few jokes on stage. It’s one of the most rewarding ‘trial by fire’ experiences you can imagine, sure to get your heart racing.

October was a big month for stand up comedy in Galway. The Galway Comedy Festival kicked off and brought some big names in, i.e. Tommy Tiernan, Reginald D Hunter, Des Bishop, Rich Hall, Ardal O’Hanlon, Pat Shortt, Jason Byrne, Andrew Maxwell, Phill Jupitus, Neil Hamburger, and The Rubberbandits to name a few. Galway was a comedy metropolis for the last week of October.

If you’re wondering where to see some of the local up and coming talent there’s options a plenty building up in Galway.

The Roisin Dubh has comedy on most Wednesdays, bringing the big names to the big stage in Galway. “Comedy Cocktails” in Busker’s is a cheerfully cozy comedy open mic night that’s held weekly on Sundays at 9:30pm. “Unhinged” Comedy is another weekly gig starting on the 8th of November downstairs in The Cellar Bar at 9pm. Plan an auld night out, have a laugh, and support live comedy around Galway.

In other news…

Sadly, Galway lost one comedy open mic night recently, awe… The “Get Up, Stand Up @ Garvey’s” which had been a part of the Galway comedy scene for the last two years came to an end on the 25th of October. However, local comedians made it a night to remember, leaving the audience in stitches and closing the doors to what was a great comedy night.

That’s the comedy craic for you any way. The most important exercise is to keep laughing and get out there and support the live comedy.

Connor McDonough-Flynn

http://conmcflynn.com/

 

“Get Up, Stand Up @ Garvey’s” craics the funny bone!

Get Up, Stand Up @ Garvey’s” craics the funny bone!

Last night, the 25th of October, was the last night of the “Get Up, Stand Up @ Garvey’s” comedy night. Awe (pause for emotion)…

For the last two years Garvey’s has been the premier open mic night in Galway, and now it’s time for greener pastures, like everyone’s first dog.

Was a class auld evening, candles were lit, the postage stamp stage was in the spotlight, the audience tingling with anticipation and the usual suspects were in, i.e. Dermot Roche, John O’ Hare, Danny O’ Hanlon, Kenny Gaughan, Johnny Graham, my self, and Paul Marsh had his first and last performance on the Garvey’s stage.

The charity Canteen was in and they raised the roof of the night. Canteen‘s a great cause that supports teenagers with cancer (http://www.canteen.ie/).

As comedians got up and down, the clock ticked closer to the end and after I finished up the night with the crowd pleasing “Wank to Finish” and “Uterus Man” jokes, the curtains closed.

Thankfully, through all the sentimentality, people were able to back their tears… though John O’ Hare did go on a hugging spree, but it would’ve been strange if he hadn’t.

The charity made off with ample donations, the comedians got laughs, pints and craic were had, belly laughs were plentiful, all and all it was a wonderful way to close the doors to “Get Up, Stand Up @ Garvey’s”.

Do not fret comedy goers, like the saying goes: when one door closes a new one opens and the one that opens will be “Unhinged”. The “Unhinged” Comedy Club will be starting on the 8th of November downstairs in The Cellar Bar. It’s going to be a weekly gig, held every week… on Thursdays. There’s going to be local sponsors, prizes and drink given out to the audience members, and of course, top notch stand up comedy for all to enjoy. The night is going to be a €5 in, and comedians from all over the country will be gracing this new comedy clubs stage.

Before I go, thanks to everyone who supported “Get Up, Stand Up @ Garvey’s” over the past two years and made the night the “Comical Comicality” that it was. Comical Comicality…? Ah alliteration. Hope to see you all in The Cellar.

 

Hectically Gigging Away Like a Mad Man

Hectically Gigging Away Like a Mad Man

Has been a hectic October in 2012, the last couple weeks I’ve been all over the shop, gigging away like a mad man.

The life on the road for a comedian leaves a lot to be desired. It’s not the pleasure filled experience one might think. The journey lacks any and all of the rock star qualities associated to ‘the road’. In fact the hardest task is to not drink oneself unconscious while passing the hours of down time before taking the stage, to a crowd that you hope has been doing exactly that for the whole evening.

Any who…

Was back in The International Comedy Club for the Craic Attack Comedy Competition, which was a night to forget. Damien Clarke was the evenings MC and he was in great form, getting the skeptical audience of nine laughing. There were nine comedians performing on the night, so it was an even playing field. I did 7-minutes and rushed off (before the results were calculated) to get the bus back to Galway. To my knowledge nobody got through on the night, the voting ballots must have been misplaced…

Was down in Limerick for the Seafoid comedy night in the Blind Pig. Was a cool pub, good atmosphere, though the comedians were somewhat thrown to the wolves, for the stage was plopped right in the middle of the hectic pub. The hustle and bustle of the people moving around the pub made for some interesting audience interaction throughout my set. Had a good gig, did 30-minutes and got some big laughs talking about love and the male ego, and how the two collide from time to time to make for some tense situations. There was a couple, or what I perceived to be a couple in the corner of the stage; the girl was laughing away and the guy seemed a bit uneasy about the subject matter, he was playing it cool and I was messing with his vibe… My bad.

On the Sunday I had my second appearance on the Comedy Cocktails stage at Busker Brownes in Galway. The audience seemed confused as to what was going on, so I figured I would go up and try out some new bits about recent visits to the psychologist and how I lost my virginity, all of which went down to muffled responses. There was a lesbian couple in the front row; they were at each other throughout my set; sucking the faces off each other so they were! I had to comment, I made a reference to yokes, which lead to some playful banter and ended with them calling me gay… Surely they’re the one’s who… Gotta love the uncomfortable laughs.

Crowbar Comedy was on the road in Naas, Co. Kildare, in Kavanagh’s Pub. The pub was packed out, the mic was broken, awkwardness in the air, but the show went on. I was up first and was greeted warmly; there was a crowd of Spanish up front that were having a great time for themselves, not sure who they were laughing at, but… The jokes went down well, Danny O’Hanlon and Kenny Gaughan hit form, and Johnny Graham brought the house down. Was the first time gigging in Naas and sure, I would be happy to go back. The night was packed out, and even though sound was an issue, the night went down swimmingly.

I was back in Ned Keenan’s Comedy Club to a much different atmosphere than my first appearance; was good craic nonetheless. Cheap drink, a few cheap laughs, and a room full of comedians, the punch lines were flying around the place! The rooms spirits were down for Germany had just finished spanking Ireland 6-1 when the gig started, which took from the nights atmosphere, it’s never a good felling when your country gets bent over by a group of Germans… My stuff went down like a hypodermic needle in NA, got a few laughs, but the head was not in it and it showed, I felt like Edward Norton when he kicks the shit out of himself in Fight Club. At least he left with a computer.

To top it all of I had my first Capital Comedy Club appearance. Was a stormy auld Sunday night in Dublin, so punters were scarce. Did a 7-minute spot, Al Porter MC’d in only the way he can. FJ Murray and Matt Saddlier were in, and Colm O’ Regan headlined to an eclectic crowd consisting of a few Galwegians, a few from the North, and an English/Indian hen night that got lost and found throughout the show. There were even a few Germans in, who graciously handled being at the butt end of a good few jokes. Laughing away, the Germans took it on the chin and rolled with the punches, like Enda Kenny does when he speaks to Angela Merkel…

By the end of all that I got back on a crowded bus, ended up sitting next to a girl who was coughing like a banshee suffering from the plague. The harrowing red clock that looms over all bus passengers continues to haunt my dreams; taunting me as the inflamed clock makes a two and half hour journey back to Galway seem like a never-ending episode of the Twilight Zone.

All and all it was great craic! What can I say; I’m a glutton for punishment. Thanks to everyone who had me in,

All the Best,

Connor McDonough-Flynn

http://conmcflynn.com/

 

Crowbar Comedy’s last night went down a treat and slammed the Townhouse door shut!

Crowbar Comedy 30th JulyThe Galway Fringe Festival was a smash hit for Crowbar Comedy! The Crowbar Crew (Danny O’Hanlon, Kenny Gaughan, Johnny Graham, Connor McDonough-Flynn) performed to tremendously jovial audiences upstairs in the Townhouse Bar for 2 ½ weeks!!!

The night started off a bit shaky, but in the end the seats were full and the comedy train plowed merrily along.  It took a bit more to get the tired Sunday crowd going, there seemed to be a few sore heads in the audience, but the age-old belief that laughter cures all soreness…? Was proven true… I think that’s a saying anyway? If it’s not it, it is now!

The Crowbar Crew (Danny O’Hanlon, Kenny Gaughan, Johnny Graham, Connor McDonough-Flynn) all hit form. Danny O’Hanlon started the race… Kenny Gaughan cam around the second corner, Connor McDonough-Flynn around the third corner after the break, and Johnny Graham took care of the final stretch… The Galway Races have started today, thus the horse racing references…

The Special Guest on the night was Sean Nolan who had strong set, in his own reserved fashion. He had the audience befuddled and laughing, and ended his set with his trusty guitar… And some introspective poetry…

That’s it for the Crowbar Crew for now… Was an amazing couple of weeks in the Townhouse Bar, fairplay to all the audience members and comedians, every night was an absolute pleasure! Look out for The Crowbar Crew (Danny O’Hanlon, Kenny Gaughan, Johnny Graham, Connor McDonough-Flynn) in the future; the lads are going to continue to make waves in the Irish Comedy Scene.

Was another rip-raging good time at Crowbar Comedy in The Townhouse Bar!!!

Crowbar Comedy CrowdThe Crowbar Crew (Danny O’Hanlon, Kenny Gaughan, Johnny Graham, Connor McDonough-Flynn) all hit flying form and had the audience in stitches laughing.

The show was almost infiltrated by the mad laugher (who will remain unnamed), but after some intense moments, the show went on unfazed, and went swimmingly to say the least.

The Special Guest on the night was John Sheehan and he had a class set about relationship problems, his favorite films, and how old people are keeping up with modern technology…

The line up was strong once again on the evening; the audience was up for a laugh, and laugh they did. I’d imagine they’re still laughing… At something else probably…

Crowbar Comedy’s last show is thus Sunday, the 29th of July, the Special Guest is Sean Nolan, and the lads are going to send the Fringe Festival off with a flurry of laughter. The tickets are a wallet-friendly €3, and the comedy is not to be missed!

Crowbar Comedy Strikes again! Without an empire…

Crowbar Comedy 26th July 2012

Crowbar Comedy in Galway

Was a rip-roaring good time at The Townhouse tonight, the Crowbar Comedy Crew (Danny O’Hanlon, Kenny Gaughan, Johnny Graham, Connor McDonough-Flynn) did themselves and the Galway Fringe Festival proud performing to another packed house of 60+!

The Audience tonight was more than up for it, from the get go they were on the edge of their seats, giving it loads, and laughing like hyenas.

Connor McDonough-Flynn started the night off with a bang… Danny O’Hanlon followed up with a left hook… Then Kenny Gaughan with the right hook… And Johnny Graham finished the night with the knockout punch…

Johnny brought the mad-squealing laugher Owen (a Fringe Volunteer) on stage for his song “Great Little Tractor”, and the audience was left wet with laughter. Owen’s laugh, we’ll call it unique, had been prominent throughout the show and I imagine it’s still haunting the room at this very moment…

The nights Special Guest Danny Dowling flew all the way in from Headford for the gig and had a great set. Talking about his favorite child, smoking wacky, and dealing with monsters, it was a very enjoyable set.

All the performers on the night played an absolute blinder, it was a class night of comedy.

Crowbar Comedy is back on Friday the 27th of July, with Special Guest John Sheehan, the tickets are a budget friendly €3; it’s a show not to be missed!

Crowbar Comedy continues to keep the Townhouse laughing away!

Was another comedy packed week at The Townhouse Bar on Quay Lane in Galway! The comedy scene proves to be potent during the Galway Fringe Festival.

This week Crowbar Comedy had 3-shows: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. And there’s 3-more on the same days this week!!!

Wednesday was packed out with ‘turistas’: Spanish, German, American, Hungarian, and plenty of Irish and local Galwegians, a plethora of madness from all over the world. The Special Guest Sean Sheridan had a great set about drugs and football. And the Crowbar Crew (Danny O’Hanlon, Kenny Gaughan, Johnny Graham, Connor McDonough-Flynn) all hit flying form once again; the audience was left with smiles all around.

Friday was another packed out night, 60+ eager comedy enthusiasts crammed into the wallet friendly €3 show for a class line up including the Special Guest Lorna Forde, and the Crowbar Crew (Danny O’Hanlon, Kenny Gaughan, Johnny Graham, Connor McDonough-Flynn). The Crowbar Crew lined em’ up and knocked em’ down with a wide range of material; Danny, Kenny, Johnny and Connor all have unique styles that keep the show interesting and unpredictable. Lorna Forde had an entertaining set about being a mom, and the humorous-mayhem that comes with daily life.

Sunday night clashed with the Macnas Parade, which is an amazing part of the Galway Arts Festival, so after toughing it out in the rain and getting people in, the show started off and was a great success! The audience was up for it and they got it… What ever ‘it’ is… ‘It’ Sunday night was great comedy. The Crowbar Crew (Danny O’Hanlon, Kenny Gaughan, Johnny Graham, Connor McDonough-Flynn) once again all hit the comedy nerve of the crowd and got the laughs flowing. Cian Mc, the Special Guest, had a first-class set, joking about whiskey consumption, unpopular teenage years and how his mobile is messing with his self-esteem. All the lads played a blinder on the night and the crowd left satisfied…

Crowbar Comedy is part of the Galway Fringe Festival and it’s on this week the 25th, 27th and 29th of July, tickets are a wallet-friendly €3, it’s a show not to be missed!!! Danny O’Hanlon, Kenny Gaughan, Johnny Graham, Connor McDonough-Flynn, are all class, up and coming comedians. Each night has another up and coming comedian coming in as a special guest as well, making Crowbar Comedy a unique, laugh-out-loud show every night! A must see show during the Galway Fringe Festival.

The Galway Fringe Festival started off with a bang for Crowbar Comedy!

The first two nights were stock pilled with barrels of laughs as Kenny Gaughan, Connor McDonough-Flynn, Johnny Graham and Danny O’Hanlon; of the ‘Crowbar Comedy Crew’ and the ‘Garvey’s Comedy Open Mic Crew’ all hit flying form. As well as the special guests Christian Talbot (Friday’s Special Guest) and Aidan Greene (Sunday’s Special Guest).

The first two nights have been jam packed, with over 60 audience members from all over the world; the atmosphere in The Townhouse Bar has been mighty craic altogether. The banter has been flying around almost as fast as the jokes, and the belly laughs have been frequent and boisterous.

If you’re looking for a night of humour, pints, laughs, and all around enjoyment, call into The Townhouse Bar on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from the 12th to the 30th of July. Tickets to Crowbar Comedy are a wallet friendly €3, it’s a must see show during the fringe.

Crowbar Comedy in Galway City

Crowbar Comedy brings together four of the rising stars on the current comedy circuit, each of them having a completely unique way of looking at things which will have the crowd in stitches.

Johnny Graham

Johnny is the winner of “Show Me The Funny 2012” and will be performing at the Electric Picnic later this summer. He was also a finalist in the Irish Comedy Musical Awards 2012 and has played support to numerous high profile comedians including: Dave McSavage, Rubberbandits, Fred Cooke and Karl Spain to name a few. Johnny is a showman of the highest calibre and his hilarious views and observational comedy style is fresh, unique and a must-see!

 

Danny O’Hanlon

Danny was a finalist in Show Me The Funny 2012, and is one of the most original and distinctive comedians on the circuit at the moment. He has gigged all over Ireland, including the Laughter Lounge and Rebels Comedy Club and always leaves the crowd wanting more! He has a very unique take on all things from fetish clubs to making sandwiches in factories! He’s guaranteed to have you thinking and laughing at the same time!

 

Connor McDonough-Flynn

Connor runs and performs at the Open Mic Comedy Club at Garvey’s Bar at Eyre Square, Galway, so he’s at the heart of the open mic scene in the city. He’s performed in Los Angeles, England and all over Ireland, supporting acts such as Maeve Higgins. His comedy is energetic, boisterous, and entertaining, a real crowd pleaser. He’ll have you laughing as he deals with everything from the mundane to the thought provoking to the down right ridiculous!

 

Kenny Gaughan

Kenny deals in the surreal and the silly. He takes seemingly insignificant details and explores the possibilities within! He has gigged all over Ireland, including at the Laughter Lounge, the International and the Roisin Dubh and always gets big laughs from the audiences.

Kenny’s youtube channel “Manwith3buttocks” features lots of comedy sketches, many of which feature the other comedians, most notably his sketch called “Manflu – The Truth” which has had nearly 400,000 views, making it a viral hit! Check them out at www.youtube.com/user/manwith3buttocks

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