Jarlath Regan is a 31 year old Irish comedian, jack of all trades and decent fella. Raised on the windswept plains of the Curragh of Kildare he dreamed of being a professional basketball player but shelved the ambition due to combination of injuries and on the early on-set of “cop on”. The NBA’s loss has been stand-up comedy’s gain.
“Side-splitting stuff…causes near hysteria in the room” Metro ****
During a period as an advertising account executive he became disillusioned and decided to try his hand at comedy. After winning a place in the final of the BBC and Channel 4 new comedy awards he began gigging around Ireland in small bars, pubs, community halls and hay barns. After a while he was asked to support people like Ardal O’Hanlon and David O’Doherty. Not emotionally but by doing a short set before they went on stage.
“A blow of optimism, camaraderie and good feelings… that’s what makes Regan so good, he leaves you in good spirits, with a fresh view of the world, wanting to be a happier person. Regan is a pro, a great comedian, and knows what works and doesn’t.” Edinburgh Hairline ****
Then through a stroke of good fortune he was asked to appear along side an all-star cast of Irish comedians at the inaugural Montreal Just For Laughs Irish Comedy Gala. A television producer saw the gala and six months later the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland decided to fund a television documentary about his journey to the Edinburgh festival with his first solo show. “Nobody Knows Jarlath Regan” (TV3) was a three part series which saw Jarlath interview some of his comedy heroes and apply their advice to his daily experience of the Fringe. In an unusual and ill-advised twist he posed as his own agent to wrangle as many deals as possible. The entire series is available to watch on youtube. The live show received a series of positive reviews in the Edinburgh media. In 2008 he returned with an entirely new show about being punched in the face and in so doing furthered his collection of milky way stars. Now it’s time for some more over the top media quotes.
“an unstoppable, relentless, never ending flow of fantastic tales and over the top mind blowing observations making the audience laugh so much that trying to stop was as impossible as dealing with the hiccups” ***** DB MAGAZINE (Australia) “the sort of comic you want to take home to meet your mum…an unshakeable ability to turn an ordinary anecdote into a winning story…a perfect teatime show” Chortle
In the past few years he has appeared on Ireland’s version of Mock The Week – The Panel. He recently completed his second illustrated book of his twisted greeting card collection which was published by Transworld Ireland for Random House in April 2011. The first book, “How To Break Bad News” became an instand best-seller and something of a cult classic. In January 2009 he made a little bit of history by becoming the first comedian to record a live album in Dublin’s Comedy Cellar – the venue that gave birth to Dara O’Brian, Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran.
“The man radiates warmth while projecting deliciously dark greeting cards which are thoroughly recommended for Christmas or hostage situations” The Scotsman
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