Leave It To Mr O’Brien

As funnyman Danny O’Brien brings his latest stand-up to The Whale, we find out where all that funny comes from…

He’s come a long way from making his classmates laugh back in sunny Glen o’ de lough.

And rightly so, given that Danny O’Brien is one of Ireland’s finest – and hardest-working – stand-ups of the past few years.

As he prepares to return to The Whale in February on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th with a brand new show, Sweet Child O’Brien, we were just wondering…

How the frick did that funny make the leap from Glendalough to global..?

I came back to Ireland in 2008 after being away traveling for almost three years in New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia. I came back just (like literally the week of) as Ireland went into the greatest economic recession in the history of the state.

I managed to get work working in a pub in Dublin city that I worked in for a few years while I was in college and at the time I was lucky to have a job! Things were extremely grim in Ireland at the time and I felt a bit lost and I was going to move to London to seek a better future, but I ended up doing a comedy writing course with a group in Doyles Pub on Fleet Street. And at the end of the six-week course, there was an option to do a stand-up set.

I nervously did the gig and absolutely loved it. My second gig was the Battle of The Axe in The Ha’Penny Bridge Inn, which was an open-mic type competition which I ended up winning. I went on to win a few similar open-mic small competitions in the UK and a few years later won FM104’s Dublin’s Funniest Comedian. I haven’t been off the stage since 2008 and I still feel incredibly lucky to be able to do something I love as a job.

It makes all the relentless traveling, driving, writing, late nights, and early flights worth it every single time you set foot on a stage to a live audience!

Wicklow is my spiritual home and I can’t wait to get back on the stage at The Whale in February.

I have a few surprises for the audience with this new show…

Danny O’Brien’s Sweet Child O’Brien is at The Whale on Thursday, February 15th and Friday 16th – tickets here: https://whaletheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873639665

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