Big Comedy UK the organisers behind the Southport Comedy Festival have an extra treat in store for comedy fans after the 2022 Southport Comedy Festival finishes.
Irish TV star Ardal O’Hanlon will be bringing his latest show The Showing Off Must Go On to the beautiful Little Theatre in Southport on Sunday 27th November.
This will be one of a handful of selected dates in the UK as Ardal continues to tour his acclaimed (and very silly) live show worldwide.
Ardal is conflicted. Where he comes from there is nothing worse than showing off. It’s right up there with arson or murder. Yet he shows off as a way of life. Three questions. Why? Why? Why?
But just when he thought he’d made sense of the world, when he’d finally found wisdom and peace, the world went mad again, fell off its axis. And you can’t just stand idly by.
In an age of raging populism, angry identity politics, the end of truth, the collapsing middle ground, and peak avocado, Ardal, an otherwise gentle voice of reason is forced to rejoin the fray. Terrified of being on the wrong side of history and keen to prove his age, race, gender and class don’t necessarily define him as a person, he turns to comedy, comedy as ever being the best, most therapeutic emergency response to extreme events there is.
A highly acclaimed stand up, Ardal has toured to sell out audiences internationally (including extensive live work across the US, Canada, Australia, Far East and Europe). He continues to be one of the most sought after comedians working.
Perhaps best known on TV for his much loved role Father Dougal Maguire in Channel 4’s BAFTA winning series Father Ted, Ardal’s acclaimed roles also include George Sunday/ Thermoman in My Hero (BBC 1) and Eamon in Big Bad World (ITV); with guest leads in Dr Who (BBC1) and Channel 4’s Skins.
Last year, Ardal starred in the theatrical film Wide Open Spaces and as the title lead in the RTE sitcom, Val Falvey.
Ardal has recently been seen in Taskmaster and Would I Lie to You. Ardal’s debut novel The Talk of the Town proved an enormous hit, remaining on the Best Seller charts for more than 6 months. It was recently voted one of the 1,001 books to read before you die.
Ardal O’Hanlon -The Showing Off Must Go On
Little Theatre Southport
Sunday 27th November
Tickets £22.50 +booking fee