Bernard comes back to his Laois roots

KAVANAGHS pub in Portlaoise will this weekend be hosting a comedian dear to their hearts and who cut his teeth many years ago in the comedy club. Durrow man Bernard O’ Shea will be back to the venue on Friday April 20 and tickets are available now.

KAVANAGHS pub in Portlaoise will this weekend be hosting a comedian dear to their hearts and who cut his teeth many years ago in the comedy club. Durrow man Bernard O’ Shea will be back to the venue on Friday April 20 and tickets are available now.

Bernard performed in The Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2005 and his Edinburgh Fringe debut recieved a five star review from the Scotsman in 2008. He is currently co-host of the breakfast show on i105107 and is the roving reporter on The Republic Of Telly. He also apparently loves bears.

The review from the Scotsman said of Bernard’s performance that “more than any show I have seen this Fringe, I desperately want to see it again. It is O’Shea’s first show in Edinburgh and is endlessly delightful and surprising. O’Shea has the soft, buttery tones of Ardal O’Hanlon married to the kind of luxuriant angst, glorious vulnerabilities and fabulous impromptu raging that reminds you how extraordinary stand-up can be. His show is a heady mix of autobiographical, anecdotal, obsessional and observational riffs, plus songs. It is a hour during which, in turns, you want to hug him, laugh, cry and possibly alert social services”.

With a review like this and the huge amount of airtime O’ Shea is enjoying on TV at the moment, he is set for the big time. This will be his first show back in Kavanaghs in quite a while and no doubt will attract a large crowd.

Kavanaghs also have a couple of other big names coming up in the next month as well, as the comedy club is hosting Chris Kent in the pub and Des Bishop in the Heritage Hotel in May. Visit www.kavanaghsportlaoise.com for more information and keep reading Stage Left to get the latest news on comedy and music gigs taking place throughout Laois.