Irish male comedians

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  1. Chris O'Dowd

    Chris O'Dowd


    Christopher "Chris" O'Dowd (born 9 October 1979) is an Irish actor and comedian best known for his role as Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd. O'Dowd created and is currently starring in the Sky 1 television series Moone Boy. He had a recurring role on the drama series Girls and starred in the television series Family Tree.

  2. Denis Leary

    Denis Leary


    Denis Colin Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an American actor, writer, producer, singer, and comedian. He was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011. Leary has starred in many motion pictures, most recently as Captain George Stacy in Marc Webb's 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man, Cleveland Browns Head Coach Vince Penn in Ivan Reitman's 2014 film Draft Day, and the voice of Diego in the Ice Age franchise. As of 2015, he wrote and has been starring in the comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, which premiered on FX on July 16.

  3. Colin Quinn

    Colin Quinn


    Colin Quinn (born June 6, 1959) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. On television, he is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he anchored Weekend Update, on MTV's 1980's game show Remote Control, where he served as the announcer/sidekick, and as host of Comedy Central's late-night panel show Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Notable film work includes his role as Dickey Bailey in the Grown Ups films and co-starring as Amy Schumer's father in the film Trainwreck.

  4. Brendan O'Carroll

    Brendan O'Carroll


    Brendan O'Carroll (born 15 September 1955) is an Irish writer, producer, comedian, actor, and director, best known for portraying foul-mouthed matriarch Agnes Brown in the BBC television sitcom, Mrs. Brown's Boys.

  5. Graham Norton

    Graham Norton


    Graham William Walker (born 4 April 1963), better known by the stage name Graham Norton, is an Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, and actor based in the United Kingdom. He is a five-time BAFTA TV Award winner for his comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. Previously shown on BBC Two, it took the prestigious Friday night slot on BBC One from Jonathan Ross in 2010. He also presents on BBC Radio 2 and is the BBC television commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest, which led Hot Press to describe him as "the 21st century's answer to Terry Wogan". Norton is known for his innuendo-laden dialogue and flamboyant presentation style. In 2012, he sold his production company, So Television, to ITV for around £17 million.

  6. Patrick Kielty

    Patrick Kielty


    Patrick Kielty (born 31 January 1971) is an Irish comedian and television personality from Dundrum, County Down, Northern Ireland.

  7. Spike Milligan

    Spike Milligan


    Terence Alan "Spike" Milligan KBE (16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002) was a British comedian, writer and actor. The son of an Irish father and an English mother, his early life was spent in India where he was born. The majority of his working life was spent in the United Kingdom. He disliked his first name and began to call himself "Spike" after hearing a band on Radio Luxembourg called Spike Jones and his City Slickers.

  8. Dylan Moran

    Dylan Moran


    Dylan Moran (/ˈmɔərən/; born 3 November 1971) is an Irish comedian, writer, actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his sardonic observational comedy, the UK television sitcom Black Books (which he co-wrote and starred in), and his work with Simon Pegg in Shaun of the Dead and Run Fatboy Run. Moran also appeared as one of the two lead characters in the Irish black comedy titled A Film with Me in It in 2008. Moran's most recent film is Calvary, an Irish black comedy drama film written and directed by John Michael McDonagh.

  9. Frank Kelly

    Frank Kelly


    Frank Kelly (born 28 December 1938) is an Irish actor, singer and writer, whose career has covered television, radio, theatre, music, screenwriting and film. He played Father Jack Hackett in the sitcom Father Ted. He is the son of the cartoonist Charles E. Kelly.

  10. David O'Doherty

    David O'Doherty


    David Nicholas O'Doherty (/ˈdɒhərti/; born 18 December 1975 in Dublin, Ireland) is a Perrier Award winning Irish comedian, author, musician, actor and playwright. His stand-up has won many international awards including the if.comedy award in 2008 and Best International Comedian at the 2014 Sydney Comedy Festival.

  11. Pat Shortt

    Pat Shortt


    Pat Shortt (born 12 December 1966) is an Irish actor, comedian, writer and entertainer. His role in the 2007 film Garage led to him receiving the IFTA for Best Actor.

  12. Des Bishop

    Des Bishop


    Desmond "Des" Bishop (born 12 November 1975) is an Irish-American comedian. He was brought up in New York and is now primarily based in Ireland.

  13. Ed Byrne

    Ed Byrne


    Edward Cathal "Ed" Byrne (born 10 April 1972) is an Irish stand-up comedian, voice over artist and actor. He has presented television shows Uncut! Best Unseen Ads and Just for Laughs, and is a guest on television panel games. As an actor he played the title character in the ITV2 adaptation of the pantomime Aladdin.

  14. Ardal O'Hanlon

    Ardal O'Hanlon


    Ardal O'Hanlon (/ˈhænlən/; born 8 October 1965) is an Irish comedian and actor. He played Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted and George Sunday in My Hero.

  15. Dermot Morgan

    Dermot Morgan


    Dermot John Morgan (31 March 1952 – 28 February 1998) was an Irish comedian, actor and previously a schoolteacher, who achieved international renown for his role as Father Ted Crilly in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.

  16. Dara O'Briain

    Dara O'Briain


    Dara Ó Briain (/ˌdɑːrə ˈbriən, ˌdærə-/; born 4 February 1972) is an Irish comedian and television presenter in Britain and Ireland. He is noted for hosting topical panel shows such as Mock the Week, The Panel, and The Apprentice: You're Fired!. His TV work also includes starring in and writing of television comedy and documentary series. Ó Briain has also been a newspaper columnist, with pieces published in national papers in both Britain and Ireland.

  17. Dave Allen

    Dave Allen


    David Tynan O'Mahony (6 July 1936 – 10 March 2005), better known as Dave Allen, was an Irish comedian.

  18. Sean Hughes

    Sean Hughes


    Sean Hughes (born John Hughes, 10 November 1965) is an Anglo-Irish stand-up comedian, writer and actor.

  19. Jack Cruise

    Jack Cruise


    Jack Cruise (15 August 1915 – 4 May 1979) was a famous Irish comedian & actor who performed in and wrote many shows in the Royal and Olympia theatres in Dublin.

  20. Niall Toibin

    Niall Toibin


    Niall Tóibín (born 21 November 1929) is an Irish comedian and actor. Born in Cork into an Irish speaking family, Tóibín grew up on the north-side of the city in Bishop's Field. He has appeared in Ryan's Daughter, Bracken, The Ballroom of Romance, The Irish R.M., Caught in a Free State, Ballykissangel, Far and Away, and Veronica Guerin, and has played Brendan Behan too. He was awarded honorary lifetime membership of the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) in 2011.

  21. Brendan Grace

    Brendan Grace


    Brendan Grace (born 1 April 1951) is an Irish comedian and singer. He is known for his comedy schoolboy character "Bottler", the role of Murphy in the 1995 movie Moondance, and his 1996 appearance in the Irish TV sitcom Father Ted as Father Fintan Stack.

  22. Oliver Callan

    Oliver Callan


    Oliver Callan (born 27 December 1980) is an Irish vocal and performance satirist and impressionist known as the creator of Callan's Kicks, Nob Nation and for frequent appearances on the The Saturday Night Show. He rose to fame during the 2000s when his daily Nob Nation slots aired on RTÉ Radio. His Callan's Kicks creation on RTÉ Radio 1 has been described by The Sunday Independent as "the best comedy show the national broadcaster has ever produced".

  23. Tommy Tiernan

    Tommy Tiernan


    Tommy Tiernan (/ˈtɪərnən/; born 16 June 1969) is an Irish comedian, actor and writer. He and Hector Ó hEochagáin presented The Tommy and Hector Show on i102-104FM. Tiernan also featured in Father Ted as Fr. Kevin.

  24. Jimmy O'Dea

    Jimmy O'Dea


    James Augustine "Jimmy" O'Dea (26 April 1899 – 7 January 1965) was an Irish actor and comedian.

  25. Neil Delamere

    Neil Delamere


    Neil Delamere (/ˈdɛləmiər/ DEL-ə-meer; born 1979) is an Irish comedian. He is a regular on Factbook and is represented by Off the Kerb.

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