Famous Irish Stand-up Comedians

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 1 Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Television presenter
Birthdate: September 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Jimmy Carr is one of the biggest selling live comedians of Britain. The award-winning performer is best known for shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats and jokes about everything from politics to sex. He has gained fame for his signature deadpan delivery, his high-pitched laughter, and his dark humor.

 2 Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: April 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Swords, Ireland

While Ed Byrne initially studied horticulture, he later launched a comedy night, The Comedy Cellar. After dropping out of studies, he started touring and eventually gained fame with shows such as Just for Laughs. He has penned columns and appeared in movies and series, such as The Cassidys, too.

 3 Catherine Bohart

Catherine Bohart
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: August 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

After failing to make a mark as an actor, Catherine Bohart tried stand-up comedy. She has not only been a hit at the Edinburgh Festival, with shows such as Immaculate and Lemon, but has also written scripts for shows such as The Now Show. Openly bisexual, she has earlier dated comedian Sarah Keyworth.

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 4 Joanne McNally

Joanne McNally
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 

Known for her sold-out shows such as Wine Tamer, Irish comedian Joanne McNally has also gained fame as a Republic of Telly co-host. She has created and hosted the globally hit documentary Baby Hater and has also been a regular on RTÉ 2fm, with her show Mack the Week.

 5 Deirdre O'Kane

Deirdre O'Kane
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: March 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Drogheda, Ireland

Irish comedian Deirdre O'Kane has been a regular at the Edinburgh Festival and is also known for her roles in plays such as Juno and the Paycock and At the Black Pig's Dyke. She played Christina Noble in her biopic and has appeared in major roles on shows such as Paths to Freedom.

 6 Des Bishop

Des Bishop
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England

Born in London, Des Bishop grew up in New York and moved to Dublin at age 14. The son of actor-model Michael Bishop, Des showed his talent in comedy at the International Comedy Cellar. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2000, he made it a part of his acts.

 7 Maeve Higgins

Maeve Higgins
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Famous As: Actresses
Birthdate: March 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cobh, Ireland

Apart from being a world-renowned comedian, who has performed not just in Ireland but also in places such as Australia, Iraq, and Scotland, Maeve Higgins has also written for The Irish Times and penned a book of essays. She has also hosted podcasts and written for shows such as Naked Camera.

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 8 David McSavage

David McSavage
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Famous As: Stand-up commedian
Birthdate: February 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Best known for The Savage Eye, a show he created and starred in, comedian David McSavage is the son of former Irish politician and minister David Andrews. Apart from shows and festivals, he is also known to deliver street performances with equal grace. The father of two once also spoke out against anti-vaxxers.

 9 Kevin McAleer

Kevin McAleer
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: County Tyrone, Ireland

Legendary Irish comedian Kevin McAleer gained fame for his signature deadpan comedy and 3-minute sketches. He is best known for his performances on shows such as Derry Girls and Nighthawks. His live show Guru poked fun at spiritual gurus with jokes on bananarama yoga and ego massage.

 10 Ben Keaton

Ben Keaton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Typecast as a priest in most of his projects, actor Ben Keaton has appeared in series such as Emmerdale and Father Ted, and in movies such as East Is East. He has also written for the children’s show Hububb, while his performance in the musical Animal Crackers earned him an Olivier Award nomination.