Ah Spring – when a young man’s thoughts turn to the property tax and a possible European Regional War.
Two days before the Vernal Equinox when the stretch in the evenings becomes undeniable, farmers are out ploughing and shouting TSUP TSUP at cattle and Inn Jokes is ready to plant some crops of jokes in the fields of your minds, taking care to spray regularly against the harmful effects of … ah forget it, I should never have started this metaphor.
Anyway, March time’s on and our headliner is Kevin Gildea
Kevin was one of the pioneers of the Irish comedy circuit as we know it today. (As in, he was one of the first to do it. Not that he took the pledge.) 20 years ago in the International Bar in Dublin, he and Ardal O’Hanlon and Barry Murphy started a surreal sketch group called Mr Trellis and the spiritual home of Irish comedy was consecrated. Or something.
Back to the present and Kevin is one of the finest stand ups on these islands. Sharp, smart, surreal, mischievous, he is in demand as a headliner in all the top clubs. He is also an accomplished filmmaker, playwright, author, scriptwriter and has gigged all around the world. He’s also a funny and interesting correspondent on RTE’s Arts Show The Works. Here he is about to discuss an apparatus for the facilitation of childbirth by centrifugal forces. (http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10258062/ – about 7mins in. It’s for an exhibition on failure in the Science Gallery. LOLz). Kevin returns for his third visit to Inn Jokes.
He is joined by Michael Mee and Ronan Grace .
Your host is Colm O’Regan – best known perhaps for having retrieved and sawn up a few wooden pallets for the stove recently and being “only delighted” with himself for weeks after.
Entry is free and we hand around a hat during the night with expectant glances.