Who’s The Ross?

Ahead of his sell-out Ross O’Carroll-Kelly show at The Whale, we look at how Paul Howard brought the funny.

It was Ronan Sinatra’s father who once said that comedy is basically tragedy plus time…

Which might just explain how Paul Howard knows how to bring the funny.

The man covered Irish sport for sixteen years.

Along the way, he won a Stanley Cup of awards, and by the time his Saturday spoof diary in The Irish Times of rugger bugger Ross O’Carroll-Kelly hit the ground gurning, the awards shifted too, Howard being named National Newspaper Columnist Of The Year in 2013.

This comic creation has been the subject of 21 novels and three books (and over 1.5m sales in this country), but Howard has been busy elsewhere too, with biographies on the tragic Guinness heir Tara Browne and, eh, Roy Keane’s dog, Tiggs, ghostwriting autobiographies of Steve Collins and George Hook, charting life in Mountjoy Prison with The Joy and revisiting the infamous clash between Mick McCarthy and the Keane lad in the lead-up to the 2002 World Cup with The Gaffers.

Also on the book front, Howard has stepped into the world of children’s books, with Aldrin Adams & The Cheese Nightmares plus a series of Gordon’s Game outings alongside former Ireland rugby player Gordon D’Arcy.

If all that wasn’t enough, there’s the stage too, with two puppet-based musicals (2012’s Anglo: The Musical and 2018’s Copper Face Jacks: The Musical), whilst the ever-popular Foxrock forward has stepped into the light for four outings, The Last Days Of The Celtic Tiger (2007), Between Foxrock And A Hard Place (2010), Breaking Dad (2014) and Postcards From The Ledge (2017).

And now comes a sixth Ross O’Carroll-Kelly stage adaptation, with this year’s Camino Royale coming to The Whale in November on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd at 8pm.

Naturally, the two shows sold out in record time. It’s what Ross would have wanted. And expected.

You can join the crowded waiting list here: https://whaletheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873638350/events/128474434

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