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RTÉ Looks Back at ‘History of Irish Comedy’
11 Jul 2008 :
Midas Productions four part series ‘Boom Boom: The History of Irish Comedy’, presented by actor Colm Meaney (Kings, Intermission), kicks off on Thursday 10th July at 10.15pm on RTÉ One.

The 4 x 30min series, directed by Cormac Larkin, looks at the explosion of Irish comedy and the success of Irish comedians at home and abroad since the 1980’s. The series shot from May – early July around Dublin at locations including The Comedy Cellar, the Gaiety Theatre and Vicar Street. Main cameraperson on the shoot was Piaras Mac Cionnaith.

The series looks at the beginning of the Irish comedy scene from Mr Trellis at The Comedy Cellar and touches on a wide range of leading Irish comedians including Mario Rosenstock, Ardal O’Hanlon, Barry Murphy, Dara O Brian, Dylan Moran and Graham Norton.

“The series is a look back over the last 25 years in Irish comedy,” producer Catherine Munro told IFTN. “We interviewed comedians including Kevin Gildea, Ann Gildea and Sue Collins from ‘The Nualas’, actor Michael McElhatton (Fergus’s Wedding, Paths to Freedom), Brendan O’Carroll, P.J. Gallagher and new talent Jarlath Regan. We also talked to ‘Father Ted’ writer Arthur Mathews and producer Shay Healy, who both contributed to Irish comedy’s success.”

The series was edited at Reelgood by Fergal McGrath, Zaini Darragh and Cúán MacConghail.

‘Boom Boom: The History of Irish Comedy’ begins at 10.15pm on Thursday 10th July on RTÉ One.

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