Headlining comedian Chris Kent:
Hailing from ‘The Rebel County’ (That’s Cork for anyone outside Ireland), Chris gave up the day job as an electrician to pursue his calling in comedy. He emerged onto the Irish comedy scene in 2009 after winning the Bulmers Nuttin’ But Funny competition.
In 2010 Chris made his debut at one of Ireland’s biggest comedy festivals in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens. His compelling storytelling then went on to win him the Comedy Smack Down Award at the Galway Comedy Festival later that year. He quickly established himself on the Irish circuit and became sought out to open for some of his favourite acts, including Dylan Moran, David O’ Doherty, PJ Gallagher and Neil Delamare to name but a few.
In 2012 Chris was listed as “One To Watch” in The Dubliner Magazine’s Red Hot and Rising and went on to make his debut at the prestigious Cat Laughs festival in Kilkenny.
In August, Chris brought his first solo show ‘Plugged In’ to the Edinburgh Festival, where he fell ill after contracting the mumps. This was initially diagnosed as ‘just Edinburgh’ by fellow comedians.
Chris returned to Ireland with broken dreams but mump free, to take up his seat on RTE Radio 1’s comedy panel show The Second Republic, alongside PJ Gallagher and Neil Delamare.
In December 2013, Chris was chosen to support Bill Burr in Vicar Street, on his only Irish date that year. He made his Irish television debut on New Years Eve as a panelist on RTE’s Next Year’s News.
In 2014 Chris took part in an Irish documentary The Stand Ups, which followed the lives of five Irish comedians. This gave a behind the scenes glimpse into the everyday life of a comedian, and followed Chris as he prepared for his third Edinburgh solo show ‘Corked’.
In 2015 Chris made his UK TV debut on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central. Shortly afterwards, he moved to the UK to try and establish himself on the UK comedy scene, where he has quickly become a favourite at some of the top clubs.
He brought his fourth solo show ‘Stop Stalling’ to the Edinburgh Festival.
In 2016 Chris performed at the Perth Fringe and went on his first Irish tour with ‘Stop Stalling’, performing to sell out crowds.
Chris is currently working on his fifth hour, which he will be bringing to the Edinburgh Festival and beyond in 2017 (and beyond).
Featured comedian Dave Nihill:
Based in California. Originally from Dublin. Dave is an an NPR featured storyteller, bestselling author, winner of the 43rd annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, and runner up in the Moth’s largest US Grandslam storytelling competition. A festival favourite Dave was part of the Irish Kings of Comedy Tour, San Francisco Sketchfest, Desi Fest, the Westside Standup Showdown Festival, the Ventura Comedy Festival, the Wine Country Comedy Festival, the Santa Cruz Comedy Festival, and the Dalkey, Listowel, Los Gatos, Hinterland and Belfast book festivals.
His work has been featured in Inc, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Today FM, and on TV3.