Another week of top class comedy next Tuesday, May 15th at Róisín Dubh’s clunkily monikered “Comedy KARLnival” where Karl Spain welcomes some of Ireland’s finest acts. The line up includes one of Northern Ireland’s fastest rising stars Micky Bartlett, award winning Limeripudlian comic Stephen Ryan (well what is the word for someone from Limerick?) and a short spot from the “Smart and razor-sharp” 62 years young Maxine Jones. As ever the weekly show will hosted by the “achingly funny” Karl Spain.
Northern Ireland’s Micky Bartlett is gathering both momentum and acclaim as one of the fastest rising stars on the live stand-up circuit as well as for his hilarious TV appearances including 2 series of BBC NI’s Monumental.
Described as “arrogant yet serene,” Stephen Ryan’s unorthodox perspective in putting the world to rights, delivered with a smug charm, makes him a consistent audience favourite. Stephen is winner of the 2016 Forbidden Fruit Comedy Competition, a finalist in the 2016 Irish Comedian of the Year competition and a two-time finalist in the prestigious Chortle Student Comedy Competition. This Limerick comedian has performed at numerous festivals throughout Ireland and the UK including Edinburgh, Latitude, Forbidden Fruit, Tedfest and is a favourite on the Irish comedy circuit. He is recognisable from the Mario Rosenstock Show, the Rubberbandits guides, Fair City as well as Lidl and Irish Pharmacy Union ads.
Running for Ireland, raising sons, matching socks, getting the gravy right, going on Countdown – Maxine Jones has faced life’s challenges. Now 62, she’s leaving home on a bicycle. It’s downhill from here – a gap year, which could end up being a very long gap year. It might even be the gap between parenting… and death. Maxine has been on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, BBC New Comedy Awards and RTE.