“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.

 

DublinCity FM interview with Connor McDonough-Flynn

Recently had the pleasure of talking to Simon Freedman on the Comedy Corner radio show on 103.2 Dublin City FM. Had a great time chatting to Simon, we covered loads of topics, got a few plugs, had a few laughs, all and all an enjoyable experience. Even had an opportunity to plug the new comedy club I am starting on November 8th in The Cellar Bar in Galway, Check out the interview, or should I say give it a listen.

Comedy-Corner-11th-Oct.mp3

 

First International Appearance This Thursday

My first International Comedy Club appearance is around the corner, and the painstaking task of shortening one’s set to fit into the confines of 7-minutes is proving to be a harder than anticipated. Shortening my set is something I never enjoy, for having the freedom to go with the flow of the joke and the audience’s response is a luxury that I relish.

However, cuts, snips and alterations will be made; this process could easily become a make over show: “Joke Make Overs” on RTE…? Perhaps too much of a stretch… Too edgy for RTE… I am sure nobody wants to hear about my deliberation on whether or not to include my ‘Shake That Ass’ bit; a seemingly minimal decision, but the joke really does tie the set together… Call in on the night to see my verdict on the ‘Shake That Ass’ bit, live!

I am playing the International Comedy Club this Thursday, the 20th of September, which means I will be away from “Get Up, Stand Up @ Garvey’s” for the evening, but do not fret, the night will be conducted by a more than capable Danny O’ Hanlon.

So if you are in Dublin call into the International Comedy Club, in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow St, Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland. Doors are at 8:30pm, and tickets are €10/€8.

And if you’re in Galway call into “Get Up, Stand Up @ Garvey’s” in Garvey’s Hotel & Bar in Eyre Square, Galway. Doors are at 9:30pm, and entry is FREE!

 

Great Gig @ Ned Keenan’s Comedy Club

Was a packed house at Ned Keenan’s Comedy Club in The Maple Hotel in Dublin.

Ned Keenan’s is a comfy back room venue; the audience is right in the comedian’s face, which always makes for a great atmosphere, especially for the comedians.

The crowd was an eclectic mix of touristas, locals and other people of various backgrounds that I have no idea about… There was a gang of Australians, some Brazilians, and no Germans… The German reference is relevant to one of my jokes, and sadly there were no Germans in to listen to me make fun of them… Always a bummer, I am going to have to bring a German with me to every gig for comedic purposes.

Any who…

It was an enjoyable evening. Jake Bourke was the Master of Ceremonies, and a masterful performance was performed… Then Donnchadh Mac An Ghoill came up after rolling barrels in the basement. Other comedians included Paul Marsh, Gary Woods, Mark Townsend, Ciaran McIntyre, Maxine Jones, Ger Divine… And myself Connor McDonough-Flynn… I think that was everyone…

I was happy with my set; it was another nervous tirade about stuff that I find funny, got em’ laughing, though the show was lacking Germans…

Ned Keenan’s is a great spot, cheap drink, an auld country Connemara vibe in the middle of Gardiner Street Lower in Dublin; a great room for comedy. The sweat was pouring and the laughs were flying and bouncing and… Whatever laughs do they did that…

Ned Keenan’s Comedy Club is on every Friday from 21:00-00:30 in The Maple Hotel, 74-75 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 Dublin, Ireland. It’s free entry and the craic is mighty, thanks for having me in.

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.

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