Thursday, October 14, 2010
COBH COMEDIAN KEITH FARNAN CO-HOSTS RED@WORK FRIDAY LUNCHTIME!
Whilst working in a restaurant in the USA, Cobh native, Keith came across this old-fashioned sign in the manager’s office. Stranger still is that the employees consisted of a young African-American, a Jewish waiter and his Irish self, but no dogs to be seen, so perhaps certain prejudices never die. ‘No Blacks. No Jews. No Dogs. No Irish. All Welcome’ is the exploration into racism and religion-ism in the bad old days as well as the issues raised by immigration today. Critically acclaimed comic Keith Farnan has always found being Irish an advantage – who doesn’t love a good old Irish accent whilst sipping on a pint of stout? But it wasn’t always like this and signs such as “No Irish Need Apply” were commonplace where the Irish landed in droves. So what happened to change people's mind? And how have the Irish treated their own immigrants over the years? A former qualified solicitor practicing in litigation, who studied in UCC Keith has performed all over the world, from the Boston International Comedy Festival to the Middle East. His debut show ‘Cruel and Unusual’, a comedy show against the Death Penalty in America, garnered much attention from media and punters alike at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and went on to become part of the Royal Festival Halls Xmas Festival in London as well as the N20 Comedy Festival and a feature on BBC Radio 4. A regular at prestigious comedy venues such as London’s Comedy Store and Dublin’s Laughter Lounge, Keith’s television credits include ‘One Night Stand’ (BBC) and ‘Liffey Laughs’ (RTE) and he has written for and performed in ‘The Insomniac Club” for BBC Radio.
So in this hilarious hour of political queries and investigation, expect lots of questions, very few answers but plenty of laughs! It’s the perfect way to spend a Friday night!
The Granary Theatre
021 490 4275
THE CRITICS ON KEITH FARNAN
“Brilliant, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny” - TIME OUT
“If Eddie Izzard had been Irish, he'd surely have turned out a lot like Keith Farnan” – THE SCOTSMAN
“Both witty and insightful, Farnan combines charm and chutzpah” – THE STAGE
**** “A Comedian with formidable Skill” - THE LIST
**** “A barrage of non-stop banter and jokes… [Farnan] has the audience constantly in his grasp… rollicking” – ALLTHEFESTIVALS.COM“’Don’t miss’... a hilarious hour” IRISH WORLD
Pick of the Week - SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE
Ten Best Comedy Gigs - THE INDEPENDENT