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Colin Murphy

Monday, 11 May 2009

The Carlsberg Cat Laughs is back this summer in Kilkenny from the 28th May to 1st June. The festival brings along 62 comedians over 85 shows, including The Panel's Colin Murphy. So, armed with his razor sharp, observational wit, he's here to tell us all about the festival.

Colin Murphy is a comedian and broadcaster from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has five sell out solo shows at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival under his belt and he has performed the first ever English language comedy gig in Finland.

Along with his sell out show, he is no stranger to our TV screens, including hosting RTE 2 - The Ubelieveable Truth, a mocumentary series of Irish celebrities, The Blizzard of Oz, The Panel (both as host and panelist) and the Xit File. He has also featured across the water in the BBC as a Resident Panelist on The Blame Game, This is Ireland and The Holy Cross.

If that wasn't enough to keep him busy, Colin Murphy likes to dabble in the movie industry, with numerous roles in the Channel 4 animation, Ciderpunks, and feature films Divorcing Jack and The Most Fertile Man in Ireland.

And just in case we don't see enough of him on the television, you can catch him on the airwaves, both BBC Radio 4 - The O'Shea Show where he is a performer and writer of comedy sketch show and on BBC radio Ulster he is a resident panelist on the The Blame Game.

Colin has also headlined shows in New York, Boston, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brussels - and Just for Laughs Comedy Festivals in Montreal.
In addition to the Carlsberg Cat Laughs, Colin has kicked off an extensive national tour - which he hasn't done before. He is half way through it. The remaining dates are below:

11th May @ Balor Theatre, Donegal.
15th May @ Dooley's Hotel, Waterford
16th May @ Tuar Ard, Moate
20th May @ Strule Arts Centre
21st May @ Braid Arts Centre
22nd May @ Burnavon, Cookstown
24th May @ Wexford Arts Centre

He has a DVD coming out this Christmas - so for those who missed him on tour, be sure to pre-order your copy at
How/why did you get into comedy?
Colin got into comedy, he says, by accident. Previously he was an illustrator for magazines, but was asked to MC at Queen's University in Belfast and from there he was given a regular MCing gig for a series of clubs that had opened in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Favourite Audience?
Comedy heroes?
Woody Allen, Billy Connolly and Richard Prior.
Advice to up and coming comedians?
Keep on persevering even if you are dying. But there comes a point when maybe you have to say that you just aren't funny. Just enjoy yourself.
The Cat Laughs Festival

The Match
The Annual Football match between Ireland and the Rest of the World is most definitely on! The rose coloured glasses are firmly attached and the kid gloves are off. The result of last year's football match vary depending on who you talk to; It was 4-2 or 5-2 to Ireland with either Neil Delamere or David O'Doherty scoring the winning goal but one thing's for sure; Ireland won (unless you talk to someone from the Rest of the World who are convinced it was 15-3 to them with Andy Parsons scoring a brace of hat-tricks). It's shaping up to be a proper derby grudge match with nothing less than comedic pride on the line. And with Karl Spain and Steve Frost commentating from the sideslines, you won't miss a thing. It's at the Fairgreen on Sunday, 31 May at 2.30pm. Free for all!
Other comedians involved are:
Tommy Tiernan, Maeve Higgins, Des Bishop, Andrew Maxwell, Barry Murphy, David O'Doherty...among others.
Why should you go to the Cat Laughs Festival
It's the best festival in the world because of the venue. Kilkenny is small and the gigs are close to each other and you don't have far to walk to each gig. There is so much going on and it's the right duration; a weekend.
The Carlsberg Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny will run over the five days of the June Bank Holiday Weekend (28 May - 1 June) showcasing a collection of the world's best comedians. For full details on the line up, tickets and venue information visit

Rated as one of the five best comedy festivals in the world* the Carlsberg Cat Laughs Comedy Festival has become an annual diary fixture for both comedy fans and comedians alike. The Festival has consistently showcased world-class comedians and captivated comedy fans for 15 years. With 62 comedians, 86 shows including 9 specialty shows, 5 improvisers, across 15 venues and with more than 25,000 available tickets, the 2009 Festival promises to upstage itself this year once again. With ticket prices remaining the same over the past three years, it's the perfect way to avoid the 'R' word and get away from it all.

At the Cat Laughs, Colin will be performing on Friday, 29 with Rich Hall, Rhod Gilbert and Jimeoin;
Saturday, 30 with Kathleen Madigan, Milton Jones & Barry Murphy then John Mulaney, Russell Kane and Ricky Grover and
Sunday, 31 with Alonzo Bodden, Maeve Higgins, Fred MacAulay and then with Rhod Gilbert, Shane Mauss & Damian Clark.
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