Tuesday, 31 January 2017

As it stands, we're currently sixteen days away from playing host to the legendary comic actor Ardal O'Hanlon , which is very exciting; it's like waiting for a Dougal-Themed Christmas.

See below for the press release for the gig, which I've included in lieu of a propery blog post; Exciting times are definitely ahead and I want to make the most of them:

Press Release – 27.01.17

mostly comedy
a monthly comedy and music club at the sun hotel in hitchin

While February’s Hitchin Mostly Comedy is officially sold out for the third month running, there’s still a chance to snap up return tickets on the night. This month, the club’s custodians DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE play host to ARDAL O’HANLON (best known as Dougal in Father Ted).

Son of the Irish politician Rory O’Hanlon, Ardal was born in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, in 1965. After attending school there, he enrolled at Dublin City University, where he studied communications. His real interest, however, was stand-up, and in the early '90s he co-founded the ‘International Comedy Cellar’ above a bar in Dublin with fellow comedians Kevin Gildea and Barry Murphy, at a time when the city had no comedy scene to speak of. He went on to win the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year in 1994 and was spotted by Graham Linehan soon afterwards and cast in Father Ted. The sitcom ran for three series from 1995-98, receiving three BAFTAs and six Comedy Awards (including one for Ardal for Best Comedy TV Newcomer).

Since Father Ted, O’Hanlon has appeared in numerous TV programmes in both comic and straight roles, including BBC1’s ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Blessed’, E4’s ‘Skins’, ITV’s ‘Big Bad World’ and as the voice of Robbie in ‘Robbie the Reindeer’ for BBC1. He also played George Sunday (AKA Thermoman) in five series of ‘My Hero’ for BBC1.

Welsh comic JENNY COLLIER joins O’Hanlon on the bill. Jenny launched her stand-up career in 2010; since then, she’s performed in Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland and Australia, where she won the Percy Award for most seats sold at her venue - over 1900 tickets - during the Adelaide Fringe. She’s written for BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’, Huffington Post and Glamour Magazine. Last year, she performed her debut hour on the Edinburgh Fringe to critical acclaim.

The gig takes place on Thursday 16th February at The Sun Hotel; doors open at 7:30pm with the first act on at 8:00pm. The show will be emceed by “polished, natural comedians” (Camden Fringe Voyeur) DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE. While it’s officially sold out, a waiting list for returns will be taken on the door from 7:15pm, with any available tickets distributed shortly afterwards, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Date:                Thursday 16th February 2017
Venue:             The Sun Hotel
                         Sun Street
                         SG5 1AF

Bar open all day. Waiting list from 7:15pm. Doors at 7:30pm. First act on at 8:00pm.                     
Admission:      £11.00. www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

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