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Thursday, 4 March 2010

Baz Ashmawy, Ireland's Sexiest Man of 2009

The hilariously humourous, half Egyptian Irish comedian/presenter/actor Baz Ashmawy is an accomplished and truly exciting talent on the Irish Entertainment scene. He is best known over the past four years for presenting the hugely popular and wildly energetic, hit cult travel comedy series "How low can you go?" for RTE2.

After proving to be a popular addition with his guest presenter appearance on RTE 1's "No Frontiers" last year, he will this season present their independent travel section of the show.

Baz increased his popularity when he appeared in the very popular RTE1 Entertainment series Celebrity Banisteoir, where he managed a GAA Team, displaying a serious and soft side to his character, seldom revealed.

No stranger to radio, Baz regularly presents on 2FM's Gerry Ryan show as well as being a regular pundit on Newstalk's Orla Barry show.

He has also displayed his unique comedic timing on a variety of other RTE radio programmes such as Ryan Tubridy and Derek Mooney, as well as Spin FM and Today FM.

Although having strong experiences with classical theatre and Shakespeare it's probably his love of improvisation that has given him the accolades as an excellent comedic actor and has provided featured parts in TV show's such as RTE2's own award winning sketch show "Stew".

Word on the comedy stand up circuit is that the wide eyed Dubliner should be making an appearance on the UK and Irish stages very, very this space!!!!

He has previously appeared in the short film "The Feast" directed by the award winning director Donnica O'Breen as well as playing Fortinbras from Marowitz's "Hamlet" in the Focus Theatre.
He also stared as George in Brian Di Salvo's well received interpretation of Thornton Wilders classic "Our Town" which was be The first play to open in Mill Theatrein Dundrum.

His new show Baz's Culture Clash is currently running on RTE2.


My Daughter Grew Another Head and Other True Life Stories, Thursday, 9.00pm, C4

Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, Thursday, 10.30pm, BBC 3

Baz's Comments:

Eddie Izzard is one of the funniest comedians around and I thought one of the more clever ones too but to attempt to run an astonishing 43 marathons in 51 days, covering 1166 brutal miles around the United Kingdom!??!!? What was he thinking and he's never done a marathon before ever and he only trained for five weeks???? That's madness. He runs a marathon a day, six days a week for eight weeks. I'd have him committed. They must be very stuck for material for his standup because that's like me and you swimming to Wales after spending a week snorkeling in Westport and seemingly in this series he really does himself damage. Must see TV and he did it for charity so fair on him!!!!!

Hung, Thursday, 10.50pm and 11.25pm, C4


The Late Late Eurosong Special, Friday, 21.35pm, RTE ONE

Baz's comments:

The Euro vision itself is unmissable {in a cringey lol type of way} but the fact we now have this x factor styley event with Tubridy on the Late Late.. It will actually be a bit of laugh I imagine. Sure there's an ex Boyzone {Michael Graham} ?!?!?!?!? How could you not want to see that. Exciting as Irish telly get's I wouldn't miss it!!!!! I wish I could vote now. Last year there was a turkey??? Honestly it can't get any ...or can it?