Sixteen Irish comedians are preparing do battle tonight in the final of Toilet Duck London at Camden’s London Irish Centre.
The competition kicks off on the eve of Tedfest at the centre and is run by organisers of the London Irish Comedy Festival, of which the winner will get a paid gig at the the festival in October and win a prestigious Toilet Duck trophy.
The event is being MC’d by well-known Irish comedian Colum McDonnell, who is a regular on shows such as The Republic of Telly, The Podge and Rodge Show and Des Bishop’s Under the Influence. He has also supported Kevin Bridges on tour and performed on Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up.
The show starts at 8pm on Friday 11 June, and tickets cost £7.50. Visit https://billetto.co.uk/toiletducklondonaward for more information.
Meet the twelve finalists:
Jonathan Sheehan hails from Ireland and has been a finalist in Show Me the Funny 2012 and Craic Attack 2011. He has supported the likes of Glenn Wool, Karl Spain and Neil Delamere.
Jake Bourke is a comedian, writer and producer from Limerick, Ireland. Since 2011 he has been a regular at festivals across Ireland and the UK. He has been the Co-Producer and Co-Host of Seven2Ten, the Irish Comedy Podcast as well as Comedy Coordinator for the 10 Days in Dublin Festival.
Michael Stranney is a character comedian who started his stand up career just under 2 years ago. His character ‘Daniel Duffy’ has appeared in numerous competitions including; BBC Radio 2 Comedy Awards and the final of the Comedy Café 2013 New Act of the Year. Noel Faulkner, Comedy Café, describes him as ‘weird and wonderful, far from the distant valley of mainstream’.
Donal Vaughan is a Dublin-based comedian. Performing for just over 2 years, he’s making a name for himself performing ddyon the Irish and UK circuit. Donal was runner-up in the 2014 Show Me the Funny Competition and 2013 Capital Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year and a finalist in the 2013 Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year.
E2funny is a Nigerian born Irish comedian who has performed all over Ireland & the UK and is known as the only black Irish comedian in Ireland. As a finalist in many competitions he aims to make a name for himself on the comedy scene.
Belfast Comedian and former world yoyo champion, TerryMcHugh, made his comedy debut in December 2011. He has headlined across Northern Ireland, supported some of its biggest names, including The Blame Game’s Jake O’Kane and Tim McGarry and has just finished a sell-out tour of his solo show Reservoir Dad.
Sean Hegarty is a one-liner comedian from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Combining sharp, witty jokes with a dry sense of humour, Sean has written for BBC’s Monumental, has supported Patrick Kielty on tour and was recently runner-up in the UK Pun Championships.
Paddy McDonnell is one of the fastest rising stars of the Irish comedy scene. Paddy has gigged all over Ireland and the UK.
Annabell O’ Connell
Annabel started comedy in 2012 and is a warm and intrepid storyteller whose only fear is that her mother will clobber her on stage for making fun of her. She has been described as ‘honest and funny’ byChortleand ‘the highlight of the show’ by Broadway Baby. However her favourite review was from a London Cabbie when she was described as a ‘funny Charlize Theron … from a distance … in the right light … with a squint’.
Originally from Kilkenny, Colin Chadwick appeared in both the BBC RadioNew Comedy Award and Irish TV’s RTE Two New Comedy Awards in 2013. Described by Chortleas a ‘top comic in waiting’ he can condense quirky ideas and stories into one-liners with unexpected twists and turns.
An up and coming comedian from North Dublin and recent university graduate, Gary has no idea how to be a functioning adult. Come watch him fight off the impending shackles of responsibility using only his sharp wit, unique world view and penchant for cheap drink.
Andrew Gilmore is a Dublin based comedian. He has toured Ireland for the past year with two stars of the well-loved Father Ted, Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove)and Joe Rooney(Father Damo). He has also played in such exotic places as Bangkok and Birmingham in the past 12 months
Joe Dowling is a Dublin native who first got into comedy in November 2012 after winning a local stand-up competition. He is three times winner of Battle of the Axe. He’s gigged throughout Ireland and also performed many times in the UK. Audiences love his energy, charm and side-splitting humour.
Paul Marsh started on the comedy circuit in 2011 and won Ireland’s biggest amateur competition three months later. Since then I’ve played he’s been a regular on the club circuit in Ireland and has also performed in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Paul has supported some of Ireland’s top comedians including Karl Spain, PJ Gallagher and Colm O’ Regan.
Kevin has been writing and performing stand-up comedy since the economic crash of 2008, in that time he has gigged all over Ireland. Toilet Duck will be his second gig in the UK. He is a resident at the Bad Ass Comedy Club in Dublin, home to Dark Night, where the darkest side of life is regularly examined. Kevin enjoys drinking, sleeping, watching television and sleeping.