Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’

Des Bishop Is Seriously Funny

He grew up in Queens, went to high school in Ireland, spent a year in the Gaeltacht, two years in China, and just bought an apartment back in New York. And here is an incomplete list of things he has done stand-up sets or made RTÉ documentaries about: living on minimum wage, alcoholism, his father’sRead more..

Tragedy, Comedy, Both?

The British broadcaster Channel 4 plans to create a sitcom based on a script by Irish writer Hugh Travers. “Hunger” centers on the Irish Famine and has become a lightening rod of controversy. While the proposed production is still in its infancy and no one has yet to see a finished product, many prominent historians,Read more..

The Laughter and the Drink

The Irish are known for ‘the craic and the drink.’ Many well-known comedians have given up on one. People of Irish descent face a host of notions and expectations of how they should be – some based in reality, others plucked from the air and given weight over time. Chancers, charmers, affable but discerning, fieryRead more..

Colin Quinn

Brooklyn-born comedian Colin Quinn recently starred in his second one-man show on Broadway, the acclaimed and popular Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, directed by Jerry Seinfeld. Since 1984, Quinn has been making audiences laugh through his comedic writing, stand-up, and roles in television shows, movies, and on Broadway stages. Quinn made his television debut inRead more..

Kathy Griffin

Quick-witted comedian Kathy Griffin has had great success in different areas of entertainment, but she has a new goal in mind: a Tony award. She isn’t keeping it a secret either, as her debut Broadway show, which recently wrapped up its ten-show run and is now on tour, is simply called Kathy Griffin Wants aRead more..

Greg Fitzsimmons

Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons became a favorite of Irish America magazine when he appeared at our Top 100 awards show a couple of years ago. He had everyone laughing with his stories of growing up in an Irish-American household and now he’s gone on to write those stories down in a best-selling memoir (though he’s onlyRead more..

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell is the undisputed current King of Comedy. Ferrell first gained fame for his work on Saturday Night Live and followed that with a string of successful comedies, including Elf, Old School and Anchorman, to name a few. He co-created Funny or Die.com with Adam McKay, a site where anyone, famous or not, canRead more..

Jimmy Fallon

Talk show host, movie actor and all-round funny guy, Jimmy Fallon did such a bang-up job of hosting the 2010 Emmy Awards that he’s our Number One pick for hosting the Oscars in 2012. Fallon was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Saugerties, New York, the younger of two children. In 1998, Fallon gotRead more..

Samantha Bee

Considering her winning and wild sense of humor, we’ve had a hunch that this Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent had Irish roots. A recent interview with The New York Times Magazine confirmed these suspicions, when Samantha Bee referenced a favorite old family heirloom: a wooden spoon from Ireland. “[It] goes back so many generationsRead more..

Brendan Gleeson: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

The dynamic Irish actor talks about his latest role in The Guard, working with the brothers McDonagh and his upcoming directorial debut with Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Birds. It’s a Thursday morning in late June, and I am sitting at a table in the empty ballroom of the opulent Beverly Wilshire hotel, waiting forRead more..