By S. Colleary
One of many cultural phenomena to ensue in eire within the final twenty years has been the hugely profitable development of stand-up comedy as a well-liked leisure style. This publication examines stand-up comedy from the point of view of the narrated self, during the prism of the fabricated comedy personality, together with Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Maeve Higgins.
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Extra info for Performance and Identity in Irish Stand-Up Comedy: The Comic ‘i’
The Theatre Royal finally closed its doors on 30 June 1962. The theatre was waked in style. Jimmy O’Dea, Milo O’Shea, Danny Cummins, Pauline Forbes, Harry O’Donovan, Jack Cruise, Noel Purcell, Cecil Sheridan and Mickser Reid performed their last “Star Spot” on the The Trailblazers 31 Royal stage. The demolition ball began its grisly work on the following Monday morning. The Queen’s Theatre suffered a similar fate. The Abbey Company, which had taken possession of the theatre (evicting the ‘Happy Gang’ in the process) after the Abbey was destroyed by fire in 1951, finally took their leave in 1966.
Starting out as a comic singer in music halls, he had become a successful businessman in Liverpool, running a number of musical taverns, which provided entertainments along with food and drink. Lowrey then returned to Belfast, opening the Alhambra Music Hall in 1871. In 1878 Lowrey made his way to Dublin, where he surveyed a site in Campton Court off Dame Street in the city centre. ’ In 1855 the Widow Quinlan’s had become Connell’s Monster Saloon Music Hall. When Lowrey opened the doors of the Star of Erin he presented a genuine music hall to the people of Dublin; admission was charged to pay for the entertainments, and it seems to have catered for a mixedsex patronage.
When he died in January 1965, the noted Irish actor Cyril Cusack dedicated his poem ‘To a Dead Comedian’ to the loss of a good friend. ”113 Swan songs The Second World War again brought difficult times to the Dublin theatres. In stringent circumstances, Louis Elliman managed (the Elliman 30 Performance and Identity in Irish Stand-Up Comedy family empire had also taken over the Theatre Royal) to keep operating with almost exclusively Irish talent, including the theatrical expertise of the O’Dea/O’Donovan Company and the Edwards/MacLíammóir Gate Theatre Company.
Performance and Identity in Irish Stand-Up Comedy: The Comic ‘i’ by S. Colleary