THISISPOPBABY and DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL present the return of the International smash-hit sensation



SIX SHOWS ONLY at Dublin Dance Festival 2019, LIVE AT VICAR ST.

1-4 May 2019




“A rose-coloured response to a mean, grey world”

New York Times

“A sensational carnival — easily the most exhilarating spectacle on the Fringe”

The Irish Times

“A wild night of entertainment that will make you want to change the world”

The Age, Melbourne

“Gorgeous, with glitter on top. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket”


Opening the 15th edition of the Dublin Dance Festival with a bang, the genre-defying international smash-hit sensation RIOT makes a triumphant return to Dublin to get the party started!

The award-winning explosive, cabaret performance has set hearts and minds alight all over the globe, and is coming home for 6 shows only at Vicar St.

Thrilling, exhilarating, uplifting and utterly unique – this theatrical explosion will set hearts soaring and pulses racing once more during this very limited run in Vicar St. Tickets are on sale this Friday 7 December, Sign-up for  exclusive 24hr pre-sale booking from Thursday 6th December at 10am

RIOT is a disorderly cocktail of eye-popping circus, future-retro-disco, gut-punching spoken word and mind-blowing moves that leaves audiences dazzled & dizzy.

A love letter of hope to the future, a clarion call on the state of the nation and a divine celebration and blunt criticism of the world today, RIOT unites the hottest stars of Irish stage and screen in this glittering roulette of the brilliant, brazen and downright bizarre.

So meet us at the barricades once more for a night of acrobatics, thumping tunes, slapstick comedy and jaw-droppingly sexy circus.


1- 4 May 2019 | Vicar St


€50 Ringside | €45 Premium | €40 Standard | €30 Restricted View
Plus Ticketmaster Fees


Sign-up for an exclusive 24hr pre-sale booking from Thursday 6th December at 10am –

 General Public Release

Friday 7 December at 10am via

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Celebrating more than ten years of explosive events, from Poptent at Electric Picnic and Alice in Funderland – The Musical, to the extraordinary Where We Live as part of St Patrick’s Festival and the legendary club night WERK, RIOT is THISISPOPBABY’s most entertaining show to date. Uniting the hottest stars of Irish stage and screen in a glittering roulette of the brilliant, brazen and downright bizarre, RIOT has travelled the world and returns home for six shows only next May at Dublin Dance Festival.

Created & Directed by Jennifer Jennings and Phillip McMahon.

RIOT is presented by THISISPOPBABY and Dublin Dance Festival. Originally co-produced by Dublin Fringe Festival with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland. Dublin Dance Festival is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council.

For Further information and interview requests contact

or call (086) 0217556


I Am Tonie Walsh Live at Project Arts Centre, Dublin                                27 November- 1 December 2018 Tickets on sale now  





A powerful new show from theatre renegades THISISPOPBABY about the living legend, club impresario, DJ, activist and Godfather of Gay in Ireland, Tonie Walsh. This one-man show runs from 27 November till 1 December at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Tickets from €15-€20, with €12 Early Bird offer until 10 September or while stocks last. On sale now from

Tonie Walsh has been making a show of himself his whole life. He has thrown Dublin’s most seminal parties, from Flikkers to Elevator to H.A.M. He came second place in the inaugural Alternative Miss Ireland in 1987, and has even stood for election at local and national level. The city is his playground and his stage.

Known as Ireland’s Godfather of Gay, Tonie Walsh is a living legend. For decades he has fought tirelessly for civil rights – for housing rights, women’s rights, and queer rights – while the country changed around him. Legendary DJ, club impresario, historian, activist and master storyteller; Tonie tells the story of Ireland’s seismic social change from someone who has lived through it, gloriously, after dark. And he’s here to tell us why there’s still fire in his belly.

I Am Tonie Walsh is a powerful new show from theatre renegades THISISPOPBABY about active citizenship, creativity over consumption, and community. It’s a call to action about standing up for what is right – and being fabulous while doing so.

It’s all back to Tonie’s gaff.

Suitable for ages 16+


Written by Phillip McMahon & Tonie Walsh

Directed by Tom Creed

Performed by Tonie Walsh

Produced by Jennifer Jennings

Set & Lighting Design by Ciarán O’Melia

Sound Design by Alma Kelliher

Costume Design by Tonie Walsh

Commissioned by THISISPOPBABY and Project Arts Centre

Funded by The Arts Council



THISISPOPBABY is an Irish theatre production company that rips up the space between popular culture, counter culture and high art, creating exhilarating shows and events for audiences and artists alike. The company is best known for their international smash-hit show RIOT, the Where We Live programme around St. Patrick’s Festival, their legendary arena at Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival 2008-2010l, their long-term collaboration with drag queen Panti, and their take-over of the Abbey Theatre with both Alice in Funderland – A New Musical and WERK.

Tonie Walsh has been involved in the LGBT civil rights movement since 1979, spending his 20s immersed in Dublin’s Hirschfeld Centre, the capital’s major social, political and cultural resource for lesbians and gay men. At the age of 24 he became the first openly gay person to stand for election to Dublin City Council.
A former president of the National LGBT Federation (NXF), Walsh was also the founding editor of Gay Community News, Ireland’s most successful and longest-running LGBT publication. In 1997, he re-organised NXF’s archival holdings into what would later become known as the Irish Queer Archive. The archive was transferred to state ownership in 2008.

A longtime advocate for improved sexual health strategies and outspoken critic of government inertia around new HIV and STI infections, Tonie publicly declared his HIV Poz status on World AIDS Day 2015. The following year he launched a campaign to build an Irish AIDS Memorial.


For further information or interview requests contact or call (086) 0217556.


RTE Radio 1 and Sideline Productions are pleased to announce COMEDY SHOWHOUSE 2018 starring Deirdre O’Kane, Colm O’Regan, Rose Henderson, Tara Flynn, Paul Tylak and Caitriona Ennis.





Now in its 3rd year, the 6-day festival takes place at the Project Arts Theatre in Temple Bar Dublin from Monday April 30th to Saturday May 5th 2018.

This year though there will be one major gap in the programme. For the last two years the late and great Sean Hughes hosted the ever-popular panel series Don’t Quote Me! Due to his sad passing in October 2017 – and as a mark of respect – the show has been cancelled permanently.  A minute’s applause will be held in Sean’s honour on the 1st and final nights of the 6-night run.


Monday April 30th, Tuesday May 1st and Wednesday May 2nd.

The pilot for Fiona Looney’s sketch series WAITING proved such a hit last time that at the end the audience stood as one in a standing ovation. The show has now been supersized as a 6-part series recorded over 3 nights. Starring Dancing with The Stars finalist and IFTA winning Deirdre O’Kane (also Moone Boy, Noble); award winning stage actress Caitriona Ennis & one of Ireland’s most coveted comedy actresses Rose Henderson. WAITING will be performed live on Monday April 30th, Tuesday May 1st and Wednesday May 2nd.  Note there are new shows every night and 6 half hours recorded over the 3 nights.

The industry buzz around WAITING has been so strong that after Comedy Showhouse, plans include a TV pilot in Autumn, live Irish tour in Spring 2019 and the Edinburgh Festival in Summer 2019. Tickets are only €11 at More on WAITING below.

Thursday May 3rd, Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th


COLM O’REGAN WANTS A WORD is a satirical and funny tour around the brain of Colm O’Regan as he talks about one of his favourite subjects – our use of language. It’s not many new radio shows that can win Ireland’s Best Comedy in its first 2 years but CORWAW proved to be a real comedy gem. With stand up, sketches, news reports and show guests, the live show not only won the Irish PPI Award for Best Comedy in 2016 & 2017 but also scooped The Celtic Media Award 2017 beating rivals from Scotland, Wales and NI.


The show – starring comedy actors Tara Flynn and Paul Tylak with very special guests – makes a welcome return and this time featuring themes such as Property, Age, Travel, Weather, Shopping and Technology. Note there are new shows every night and 6 half hours recorded over the 3 nights.


Tickets again are only €11 at More on CORWAW below.



Saturday afternoon May 5th  3pm


To further boost the writing skills and production of new radio comedy RTE Radio 1 and Sideline Productions sought out new scripts for the 1st ever Radio Sitcom Trials. Successful writers will be announced by April 19th and have their scripts performed by professional actors in front of a live audience on Saturday May 5th 2018 in the Project Arts Theatre Dublin. Admission is free.

Comedy Showhouse is produced by Sideline Productions for RTE Radio 1 in association with The Broadcast Authority of Ireland and comedy website





LIVE Monday April 30th, Tuesday May 1st and Wednesday May 2nd  8pm

Fiona Looney is one of the most successful comedy writers in Ireland – stage, print and screen – and has always been impressed by women’s ability to talk to strangers plus discuss anything but the subject at hand. It’s when they find themselves in waiting situations that these extraordinary – and occasionally bizarre – talents really come to the fore. So what is this sketch series all about? First let’s ask a question.

What do women do more than men?

What regularly brings women into contact with complete strangers and even more random conversations? They wait.

This innovative 6 part comedy series is all about the act – and the art – of waiting!

Women wait for medical appointments, for parent-teacher meetings, at family planning clinics, at bus stops, in changing rooms.  They wait for friends, they wait for coffee, they wait for new-borns, they wait to dispatch the dead – and while they wait, they talk about anything and everything.


WAITING is also very much a humorous look at the lives of Irish women and with spoof ads, sketches and easily recognisable situations the shows are very, very funny.







LIVE Thursday May 3rd,  Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th 8pm


In each episode Colm will be ‘wanting a word’ about a variety of topics.


With the aid of stand up, radio archive, studio guests and comedy sketches, the comedian, BBC radio 4 presenter, star of Kilkenomics and best-selling author of Bolloxology and the ‘Irish Mammies’ series –  once again unpicks the little linguistic foibles that characterise this wordy nation of ours.


COLM O’REGAN WANTS A WORD builds on the success of his two shows in 2016 and four shows last year by writing and performing a full 6-part series for 2018.


Every show is very simple and fresh in its execution. Colm chooses a broad theme to play with and with stand-up material, spoken word, a guest expert and sketches performed by two brilliant comedy actors Paul Tylak and Tara Flynn he sets out to dismantle and explore in a comic way how we talk about the world of e.g. this time the shows are about Property, Age, Travel, Weather, Shopping and Technology.


NB WAITING and CORWAW – each night features brand new shows. 


All tickets €11 at or the box office.








 TALENT 2018



Who would have bet against Deirdre dancing away with the glitter ball trophy as winner of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars 2018! She made the final and now returns to the stage as one of Ireland’s finest comedy actresses as part of the all-star cast of WAITING! A six-time Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominee, Deirdre was awarded Best Lead Actress (Film) 2015 for her role as Christina Noble opposite Liam Cunningham, Sarah Greene and Brendan Coyle in Stephen Bradley’s feature Noble.


Released in September 2014 Noble won Jury and Audience awards at the Boston Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Newport Beach Festival, Nashville and Dallas Festivals.

Other feature film credits include the BAFTA winning Festival for Channel 4, Intermission directed by John Crowley for Parallel Fims, Killing Bono directed by Nick Hamm for Cinema Three and Dollhouse, directed by Kirsten Sheridan for Factory Films.

Deirdre’s television credits include Paths to Freedom (RTÉ) in which she played Brendan Coyle’s long-suffering wife Helen, The Clinic, Fergus’s Wedding, The Fitz, and Bittersweet. She recently appeared in the leading role of Debra Moone in her third series of Moone Boy (Sky) opposite Academy Award Nominee Peter McDonald and Chris O’Dowd and which garnered Deirdre her fifth IFTA nomination in 2014.

Theatre credits include Mary in Juno and the Paycock (the Abbey), Miss Funny in At the Black Pig’s Dyke (Druid Theatre) Daphne in Present Laughter (Gate Theatre), Jean in two sold-out runs of Dandelions at the Gaiety Theatre for Landmark Productions, and her acclaimed performance in the one woman show My Brilliant Divorce (Druid).

Deirdre most recently hosted the 2017 Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, which was broadcast on RTÉ.



Acting since childhood, she training at DADA, Dublin Academy of Dramatic Arts. While in UCD Dramsoc Caitriona played the part of Betty in A Whistle In The Dark for which she won the ISDA Award for Best Actress (2011), and Dzina in A Couple of Poor Polish Speaking Romanians (nominated for best actress, ISDA 2010).


Since graduating from UCD in 2012 with a Masters in Performing Arts, Dubliner Caitriona has been causing quite a stir on the theatre scene. Caitriona went on to work with Louise Lowe’s ANU Productions in 2012, starring in Taking To The Bed (Phizz Fest) and The Boys of Foley Street (Dublin Theatre Festival 2012) for which she was nominated for Best Actress in the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013.


Caitriona performed as part of ANU’S THIRTEEN where she was nominated for a Dublin Fringe Award 2013. She is a founding member of the We Get High On This Theatre Collective, who have toured Ireland with their production of Caitriona Daly’s Sluts, in which Caitriona played the part of Amy. Sluts also performed in the Edinburgh Fringe (2011) and the 10 Days in Dublin Festival (2012).


Other theatre credits include Joan in The Lark(Fast Intent, Smock Alley) Ciara in NARF by Caitriona Daly, Text Messages (Project Arts Centre), The State Commemoration (ANU Productions), and Annabelle’s Star by Raymond Keane and Mary McNally (The Ark). Caitriona filmed with Paul Mercier starring as Sarah in We Ourselves. Caitriona recently appeared in Anu Theatre Company’s production of Angel Meadow in Manchester directed by Louise Lowe.


In late 2014 Caitriona appeared in Spinning by Deirdre Kinehan, directed by Jim Culleton for Fishamble Theatre Company at Dublin Theatre Festival 2014 for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Award in the 2015 Irish Times Theatre Awards.  In 2017 she was nominated for her third Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actress for her one woman show, Test Dummy plus selected as one of Ireland’s future Oscar winners.


Rose Henderson is perhaps best known for her performance as Sister Assumpta in Father Ted, and as the Daniel O’Donnell groupie in the Energia Gas Boiler safety ad.   After six years in children’s’ programmes in RTE, she wrote and performed comic material on Nighthawks and “Ruby Tuesday” was her first stage play. She spent two years playing Val in Fair City, played the lead in the Gaiety Panto “Snow White” and toured extensively with “Weighing In” by Ger Gallagher.  She played Marie in “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” with Katherine Lynch at the Tivoli, and Bernie in Isobel Mahon’s “Boom”.


Coming up, Rose will be performing in “The Blow-In” a TV comedy by Alison Spittle for RTE; “Waiting” by Fiona Looney with Deirdre O’Kane and Caitriona Ennis for Comedy Showhouse on RTE Radio, and currently working on a new play for the Dublin Fringe Festival (to be announced in July).




Comedian, bestselling author and broadcaster, hailing from the small Co. Cork village of Dripsey, Colm O’Regan has stood up and made people laugh all over the world.

Colm’s debut book Isn’t It Well For Ye, The Book Of Irish Mammies was a bestseller and nominated for the Irish book awards. Its warm and funny observations are a hit with people of every gender, age and background and sprang from the equally successful @irishmammies twitter account which Colm authors. Set up in early 2012, the account has more than 220,000 followers making it one of the top 30 accounts in Ireland.


His comedy festival appearances include the prestigious invite only Montreal Just For Laughs, the Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Electric Picnic and many, many more. He has played all over Ireland and the UK and even as far away as Cape Town, Tokyo and Osaka and appeared on The Late Late Show.

Colm has a long and growing list of TV and Radio writing and performing credits and also writes a weekly column for Cork’s largest news and lifestyle weekly ‘The Cork News and has written for The Irish Independent, the Irish Times, The Sunday Times, The Sunday World and the Examiner.

Colm is much in demand as an MC and awards ceremony host having kept audiences entertained at events as diverse as the Business Start Up Awards, I Love Radio and he was also the audience warm up for the recording of Mrs Brown’s Boys in Glasgow.




Originally from Kinsale, Co. Cork, Tara has spent most of her career in Dublin, working extensively as an actress in theatre, radio and TV in Ireland and the UK.

She came to international acclaim in 2013 for her satirical video The Racist B&B, for which she was named Satirist of the Year at the Swift Satire Festival. In 2014 Armagayddon – a marriage equality PSA co-written by Kevin McGahern in association with LGBT Noise – went viral, having had over 400,000 views to date.

Tara was a founder-member of comedy singing trio The Nualas, and subsequently became a core member of Dublin Comedy Improv. With the Improv and as a stand-up comic, she performed all over Ireland & Britain and at festivals around the world, including Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She played Caoimhe in Davin, a feature film by Irish director Graham Jones and voiced Hazel in the UK release of animated feature Two by Two.

Most recent TV includes Irish Pictorial Weekly (RTE), and Line of Duty (BBC). Other TV work includes Moone Boy (Sky 1), The Mario Rosenstock Show (RTE), Stew (RTE), Thank God You’re Here (ITV), The Omid Djalili Show (BBC), The Impressions Show with Culshaw & Stephenson (BBC), Doctors (BBC), and the BAFTA nominated Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC). She played Siobhán in Hide & Seek (RTE, directed by Dearbhla Walsh), IFTA-nominated for Best TV Drama.

She has appeared in numerous radio plays and series for RTE & BBC Radio Four (most notably Baldi with David Threlfall, written by Barry Devlin and I, Regress written by & starring Matt Berry.) her Funny Bones piece for R4 “Fete Worse than Death” aired in November 2015. She played Suzy Bernstein in I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and the title role of Molly Wobbly at the Lyric, Belfast. Having had a sold out run of Geraldine Aron’s one-woman play My Brilliant Divorce at the Viking Theatre, the show toured in 2014. She played Miss Fitt in Out of Joint’s production of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

Tara is the author of Irish bestsellers You’re Grand: the Irishwoman’s Secret Guide to Life (Hachette Books Ireland 2014) and Giving Out Yards: the Art of Complaint, Irish Style (Hachette). She is a regular contributor to radio & TV discussion panels and has a weekly column on Headstuff, and a monthly Talking Point column in Irish Tatler.


Most recently she wrote and performed her one woman show Not A Funny Word to sell-out crowds at the Abbey Theatre’s Peacock space.





Paul was recently seen in the culture-clash comedy movie Halal Daddy as Jamal Aziz,  the doting uncle of Raghdan Aziz (Nikesh Patel) and brother of Amir Aziz (Art Malik).  Paul has also played DJ Gerry Mandarin in the RTE comedy Nowhere Fast, been Dr. Rashid in Roy for BBC TV, and was Mr. Chandrasekhar in Moone Boy for SKY Television.


Paul wrote and appeared in Be More Ethnic, a half-hour drama comedy for BBC 3, about an Indo-Irish actor pigeon-holed into stereotypical “ethnic” roles.  In 2006, Paul featured in RTE 6-part drama Prosperity, directed by Lenny Abrahamson. He also starred alongside Oscar nominee Ruth Negga, in Ciaran O’Connor’s movie Trafficked. In the 200s, Paul wrote and starred in the sketch series STEW for RTE, which scooped both the Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) and the Celtic Film and Television Award, for Best TV Comedy.

“STEW offers a substantial repast for starving Irish comedy fans. By crediting its audience with working brains, it carves out the freedom to play for bigger and better laughs”

Liam Fay, Sunday Times                                


In 2009, Paul starred as Danesh, the Deli Owner, in Focus Theatre’s production of Mike Poblete’s acclaimed play The New York Monologues


In 2003, Paul starred in Barabbas Theatre Company’s Hurl, by Charlie O’Neill, in Galway’s Blackbox, and Dublin’s Tivoli theatre.


 “A winning performance” according to The Irish Times



It started with a one-off half hour panel show Don’t Quote Me! hosted by Sean Hughes for Xmas 2015. Realising that radio is such a brilliant medium for comedy, Sideline’s Billy McGrath and RTE Radio’s Ann-Marie Power developed a much more ambitious idea to stage a live week of events with the best Irish comedy writers and performers around. With the support of The Broadcast Authority of Ireland (and the TV licence fee) and new comedy website the 1st Irish radio comedy festival took place in early 2016.

Each week produced 16 or 18 half hour original Irish shows for RTE Radio 1. By May 5th 2018, there will have been nearly 60 new Irish radio comedy shows produced and recorded for RTE Radio 1.

ARCHIVE – all available on as podcasts

In 2017 Comedy Showhouse featured … Fred Cooke, Caitriona Ennis, Tara Flynn, Rose Henderson, Sean Hughes, Chris Kent, Fiona Looney, Katherine Lynch, Andrew Maxwell, Colum McDonnell, Barry Murphy, Colin Murphy, Stefanie Pressneir, Deirdre O’Kane, Colm O’Regan, Jarlath Regan, Owen Roe, Joe Rooney, Karl Spain, Alison Spittle, Eleanor Tiernan, Brona C. Titley, Paul Tylak, Paul Woodful & more.

2016’s programme included … Al Porter, The Nualas, Seán Hughes, Andrew Maxwell, Deirdre O’Kane, Karl Spain, Maxine Jones, Gearóid Farrelly, Amy Huberman, Aindrias De Staic, Foil Arms & Hog, Fiona Looney and Colm O’Regan.


Sideline has produced some of the biggest entertainment shows in Ireland including Family Fortunes, Class Act, Take Me Out, Mastermind and The Great Irish Bake Off. Comedy-wise, Sideline produced The Liffey Laugh stand up series for RTE 2 and The Rubberbandits for Channel 4.  Sideline’s comedy division developed a host of new writers leading to development deals with Foil, Arms and Hog (BBC Comedy) and interest in new Irish sitcoms with Comedy Central, CBBC, ITV and SKY.

Sideline’s TV series have also gone global – Secrets of Great British Castles for Channel 5 in the UK has been shown on PBS USA, ABC Australia plus translated into over 30 languages for Netflix in 130 territories worldwide.

Sideline recently produced rugby entertainment series TV3’s CLUBHOUSE (hosted by Mario Rosenstock and Donncha O’Callaghan) and their new social history series REVOLTING IRELAND with Simon Delaney airs later in 2018.

Comedy Showhouse is Sideline’s first ever radio series and due to its success is now Ireland’s biggest independent radio producer.  More at


Ireland’s first website dedicated to the world of Irish and international comedy is only two years old and performing way ahead of expectations.









The Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is back for its 24th year and unveils one of the most exciting and diverse line-up’s yet! Our website is now live, check out for tickets and all information.

As always we have world class comics performing this year and are very excited to announce a festival debut from Rory Scovel, one of the best comedians on the live circuit today. We also have Manchester favourite Jason Manford, Aisling Bea fresh from recording one of Netflix’s 15 minute comedy specials, household name Reginald D Hunter, The Last Leg’s Adam Hills, whimsical master James Acaster and the whip smart Sara Pascoe. Mock the Week’s Zoe Lyons, festival favourite and Ireland’s Got Talent Judge Jason Byrne, keyboard maestro David O’Doherty, Des Bishop and Maeve Higgins (flying in from New York for the weekend) are also all appearing at the 2018 festival.

This year’s lineup brings together the best in Irish comedy including, Neil Delamere, Deirdre O’Kane, Andrew Maxwell, Barry Murphy, Karl Spain, Alison Spittle, Bernard O’Shea, Eleanor Tiernan, Abandoman, Colm O’Regan, Chris Kent, Paul Currie, Joanne McNally, Colin Murphy, Eric Lalor, Kevin McGahern, Jarlath Regan, Fred Cooke, Gearoid Farrelly and many more.

We have guest-curated showcases, the podcasts you love, weird performance art and secret late-night craic! This year we are proud to announce STRAY, a new strand of Cat Laughs for late-night explorers, day-time wanderers and the curious at heart – if you are looking for something a little bit different then this is definitely for you. Check out Meltybrains?, one of the country’s most lauded live acts, Barry Award Nominees The Bear Pack, Improv performers of a near-divine level of inspiration, Los Angeles’ premier genre-bending, mash-up comedy spectacle The Super Serious Show and, after the resounding success of their Cat Laughs debut last year, Soho Theatre, London’s most vibrant venue for new theatre, comedy and cabaret!

Blind Boy Boatclub’s new podcast will be coming live from Langtons Ballroom, where you can expect very special guests – one part fiction, a pinch of politics and a heaped spoonful of lunacy. Also making their Kilkenny debut are Reductress, your home for “Womens’ News. Feminized” with their unmissable Podcast “Mouth Time”giving you everything you’ve come to expect from a women’s magazine podcast.

Dreamgun Film Reads will present their skewed, joke-


stuffed & wholly unrehearsed take on cinematic classics. For their special Cat Laughs performance they are set to tackle the time-travelling classic “Back To The Future’”.

There’s even more! Seconds Captains Live show is back after it’s sell out success last year, as are Stephen Frost’s Improv All Stars with Today FM’s Dermot Whelan, and Karl Spain’s Hilarious Walking Tour. Festival debuts from John Kearns, the only person to win the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award only a year after being named Best Newcomer, Natalie Palamides (last year’s newcomer winner), Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Lords Of Strut, Facebook sensation Tony Cantwell, anti-comedy hero Ed Aczel, PLUS Lise Meyer, Barry Rothbart, Kevin Camia, Lauren Pattison & Steen Raskopoulos!

The Cat Laughs are always keen to support up and coming comedic talent and once again we have The Wild Cats which will showcase the best in new stand-up. This year’s line-up includes Hannah Mamalis, Norris & Parker, Aine Gallagher, Catherine Bohart, Aidan Greene, Maisie Adam, Ken Cheng, Sara Barron & more to be announced.

It’s your June Bank Holiday Craic Pilgrimage – May 31st – 4th d 2018


For more details click on our website which is now live at


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For further information or interview requests contact or call (086) 0217556



Kilkenny Animated A Festival of Visual Storytelling Hosted by Cartoon Saloon Kilkenny, Ireland Feb 23rd – 25th, 2018



Kilkenny Animated is a brand new festival of visual storytelling, incorporating cartoons, animation and illustration in a series of exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops and experiences that celebrate the creativity and craft of the visual image. The festival has been developed in partnership with Fáilte Ireland as part of the Ireland’s Ancient East brand. Tickets are on sale now through our website, check out for all shows and ticket prices.

The festival is hosted by twice-Academy Award ® nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon and is set against and inspired by the backdrop of Kilkenny’s medieval streets and slipways at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Kilkenny Animated is the first festival of its kind in the world to bring together so many different aspects of visual storytelling for the enjoyment and appreciation of wider public audience.

There’s hilarious stand up comedy with 2D animation and anarchic projections from Bec Hill and Howard Read; spell-binding and award-winning dance with live animation from Hungarian group Bandart; the premiere of animated series Cul an Ti (TG4, Paper Panther, Cartoon Saloon) with live music from Kila, Lisa Hannigan and special guests; and the Hometown Gala Premiere at the Watergate Theatre of Cartoon Saloon’s Golden Globe-nominated feature The Breadwinner, with a special post -show interview with director, Nora Twomey.

There’s an amazing programme of workshops, talks and slideshows from some of the world’s greatest character designers, illustrators, animators and cartoonists who, between them, are responsible for work at Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar, New Yorker magazine. The New York Times, The Irish Times, Washington Post, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and the Jim Henson Company among many, many others. A huge exhibition of more than 200 pieces from these artists will take place over the weekend in the Goods Shed at MacDonagh Junction.

There’ll also be a spectacular exhibition of street art and graffiti in one of the old Smithwick’s Brewery buildings in the Abbey Quarter featuring local artists Mick Minogue and Dan Leo and a sketching walking tour of historic sites in Kilkenny city that inspired and feature in the forthcoming Cartoon Saloon feature, Wolfwalkers.

The full programme for Kilkenny Animated is live at tickets for all shows on sale now!

Róisín Dubh Comedy in association with Mandy Ward Artist Management presents REGINALD D HUNTER SOME PEOPLE v REGINALD D HUNTER



Irish Tour 2017

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Irish Tour 12th – 30th Oct 2017


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Thu 12th Oct – Spirit Store, Dundalk

Box Office : George’s Quay, Dundalk | 042 935 2697 |

 Fri 13th Oct – An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny

Box Office – Port Rd, Letterkenny | 074 91 20777 |

 Sat 14th Oct –  Visual, Carlow

Box Office: Old Dublin Road, Carlow | 059 917 2400 |

Sun 15th Oct – Vicar Street, Dublin

Box Office :  Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide | 24hr Credit Card Bookings: 0818719300 |

Wed 18th Oct – Cork Opera House

Box Office: Emmet Place, Cork City | 021 427 0022 |

 Thu 19th Oct – INEC Acoustic Club, Killarney

Box Office : INEC, Killarney | 064 66 71 555 |

Fri 20th Oct – Theatre Royal, Waterford

Box Office : The Mall, Waterford | 051 874 402 |

Sat 21st Oct – Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford

Box Office : 1 North Main St. Wexford | 053 91 99199 |

Sun 22nd Oct – Ulster Hall, Belfast

Box Office: The Ulster Hall, Bedford Street,  Belfast | 028 9033 4455 |

Wed 25th Oct – The Market Place Theatre, Armagh

Box Office : 9 Market St, Armagh | 028 3752 1821 |

Thu 26th Oct – Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

Box Office: O’Connell St, Limerick | 061 953 400 |

Fri 27th Oct – Halloween Howls Comedy Festival, Portlaoise

Venue & Box Office : Dunamaise Arts Centre | 057 866 3355 |

Sat 28th Oct  – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Box Office: Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Sq | 091 569 777 |

 Mon 30th Oct – Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

Box Office: Temple Street, Sligo | 071-9161518 |


Reginald D Hunter returns to Ireland in 2017 with his highly anticipated brand new show following a hugely successful year performing across Europe.

In the years that he has been living and performing in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. In the past twelve months he has appeared in a critically acclaimed tour of the UK as well as performing across Europe. His appearances on television have included 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the hugely popular three-part BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South which documented Reginald’s epic road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song.


Reginald has been in the UK for just under two decades and in that time he has become one of the UK Comedy industry’s best-known performers for his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality.  His work can be brutally honest and is often considered to be controversial but it is always meticulously thought out and he has never been afraid to face challenging issues head on, even when the focus is on his own principles or beliefs.


He is a well-known face on primetime television shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and QI and is a frequent guest on Have I Got News For You. He has appeared in Argumental for Dave Channel and Would I Lie To You and Live At The Apollo for BBC1.

His highly popular debut DVD – Reginald D Hunter Live – was one of the top sellers in the DVD comedy charts as was his follow up DVD – Reginald D Hunter: In The Midst of Crackers.

He is animated… as he burns brightly through ideas’ The Times ****

Tickets on sale Thursday 25th May 2017 at 9am

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Project Arts Centre Presents… Emmet Kirwan’s five-star spoken word odyssey about brothers, Dublin and dance music DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL




Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray – 21 Jan 2017

National Theatre, London – 24 – 31 Jan 2017

Project Arts Centre – 3– 4 & 13 – 18 Feb 2017

Civic Theatre, Tallaght – 7 – 8 Feb 2017

The MAC, Belfast10– 11 Feb 2017

A play about brothers, Dublin and dance music

Following a sell-out run at Project Arts Centre, a dirty weekend at Cork Midsummer and a pitstop at Electric Picnic, the Dublin Fringe smash hit and winner of Best Fringe Performers Award, Dublin Oldschool is back for a small tour taking in dates in Dublin, Belfast & The National Theatre in London!

Join Jason, a wannabe DJ on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin as he stumbles from one misguided misadventure to another. Somewhere between the DJs, decks, drug busts and hilltop raves, he stumbles across a familiar face from the past, his brother Daniel.

Daniel is an educated, homeless addict, living on the streets of Dublin. The brothers haven’t seen or spoken to each other in three years but over a lost weekend they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips, their history and their city. Two brothers living on the edge, perhaps they have more in common than they think, but how long can this the buzz last?

Dark comedy, family drama and spoken word odyssey – Dublin Oldschool is a new play that snaps, crackles, raps and rhymes, with high octane performances by Emmet Kirwan (Sarah & Steve) and Ian Lloyd Anderson (LOVE/HATE), directed by Phillip McMahon.

Tickets from €15-20, on sale now from local theatres.

Praise for Dublin Oldschool:

“Exceptional acting squared with exceptional writing … unmissable.” ★★★★★ – The Sunday Times

“Kirwan’s late night trip through the city makes for incredible theatre” ★★★★★ – The Evening Herald“ Volcanic vortex of verbal dexterity”★★★★★ – Edinburgh Reporter
“…the pace is electrifying, the atmosphere crackling with energy, and the stage alive with an exhilarating love for language itself…. Highly recommended★★★★ Sunday Business Post


Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray (SOLD OUT)

Dates: 21 Jan 2017

Booking Information: +353 1 272 4030 or


Venue: National Theatre, London (SELLING FAST)

Dates: 24 – 31 Jan 2017

Booking Information: +44 20 7452 3000 or


Venue: Project Arts Centre (SELLING FAST)

Dates: 3– 4 & 13 – 18 Feb 2017

Booking Information: + 353 1 8819 613 or


Venue: Civic Theatre, Tallaght

Dates: 7 – 8 Feb 2017

Booking Information: +353 1 4627477 or


Venue: The MAC, Belfast

Dates: 10– 11 Feb 2017

Booking Information: +44 28 9023 5053 or



WINNER: Writer Emmet Kirwan – Stewart Parker Trust New Playwright Bursary 2014

WINNERS: Performers Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson – Best Performer Award, Dublin Fringe 2014



Written by Emmet Kirwan

Directed by Phillip McMahon

Performed by Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson


Emmet Kirwan is an actor and writer from Dublin. His work for theatre includes RIOT (Dublin Fringe) The Train (Rough Magic), The Good Father (Axis Ballymun), Assassins (Rough Magic), The Three Penny Opera (The Gate), Major Barbara, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Alice in Funderland (Abbey Theatre), The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle (15th Oak), Bogboy (Tall Tales), Chicane, Shay’s Story (Guna Nua), In Real Time (Brokentalkers), Mushroom (Storytellers), Monged (Fishamble), No Messin’ with the Monkeys (The Ark), Where He Lies and Lovers (Island Theatre), One (Pan Pan), Election Night (Bewley’s Theatre), Alone It Stands (Lane Productions), The Indian Wants the Coombe (Purple Hart TC), Ladies and Gents (Semper Fi /Traverse Theatre), Car Show 3 (Corn Exchange / Barabbas), Rent (Olympia Theatre), Buzzin to Bits and Pericles (DYT). His work for radio includes Fighting Cowardice, You’re Not from Here, The Head, Bogboy, The Offering, We All Fall Down (RTÉ). His work for film and television includes Pursuit (An Pointe), Jack Taylor: Shot Down (ZDF/ TV3), 71 (Warp Films), Just Saying (Kennedy Films), Two Hearts (Calipo Films), The Silence (BBC), The Take (Sky One), Legend and The Big Bow Wow (RTÉ 2), The Boys and Girl from County Clare (Metro-Goldwyn), Inside I’m Dancing (Universal) and  Ella Enchanted (Miramax). Emmet also wrote and starred in the RTÉ 2 comedy series Sarah and Steve (Accomplice). Other writing includes Escape Plans (Calipo Films), Half 3 Heroes (Dublin Youth Theatre) and Outside (Still Films). Emmet is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin.


Ian Lloyd Anderson is an actor from Dublin his work includes Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive (Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Dublin Theatre Festival). He played the role of Dean in RTÉ’s LOVE/HATE. Other theatre work includes Our Few and Evil Days, Sive, The Risen People, Major Barbara, Shibari, Alice in Funderland, Macbeth, The Rivals and The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (Abbey Theatre), Every Doris Has His Day, Big Ole Piece of Cake and The Bruising of Clouds (Fishamble: The New Play Company), Richard III (Fast and Loose Theatre Company), Ride On and Observe the Sons of Ulster Riding Towards the Somme (Livin’ Dred Theatre Company), End Time (Project Arts Centre), Danti Dan (Galloglass Theatre Company), The Colleen Bawn (Bedrock Productions and Project Arts Centre), Bad Sunday (TILT Theatre Company), Ferry Tales and 50 Ways to Leave Dun Laoghaire (BDNC and Carpet Theatre Company). Film and television credits include The Clinic, Raw and LOVE/HATE (RTÉ), The Wild Colonial Boy (TG4), Dorothy Mills (Mars Distribution), Shadow Dancer (BBC Films and Element Pictures) and Standby (Black Sheep Productions).


Phillip McMahon is a writer based in Dublin. His plays include RIOT, Elevator, Pineapple, Investment Potential, All Over Town, Danny and Chantelle (still here), and the musical Alice In Funderland which

premiered at the Abbey Theatre and was nominated for Best Production at the Irish Theatre Awards in 2013. Phillip was Writer in Residence at the Abbey Theatre in 2009/10, and his most recent play Come On Home is under commission with the Abbey Theatre. He is currently developing an original screenplay with Element Pictures. Theatre directing credits include Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan, The Year of Magical Wanking by Neil Watkins, In These Shoes?, All Dolled Up, A Woman In Progress, All Dolled Up Restitched and High Heels In Low Places, all written and performed by national treasure Panti. He is also one half of pop culture outfit THISISPOPBABY responsible for many explosive events, including WERK (Performance/Art/ Club), THISISPOPBABY venue at Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival 2008/9/10, Queer Notions cross-arts festival, and many theatre productions including Trade by Mark O’Halloran.


Project Arts Centre is Ireland’s leading centre for the development and presentation of contemporary art, dedicated to protecting and nurturing the next generation of Irish artists across all forms of the performing and visual arts. Project has been at the forefront of contemporary artistic practice for over 50 years. A multidisciplinary arts centre in the heart of Dublin, Ireland, annually the centre presents over 620 events and curates and co-ordinates 5 exhibitions, as well as supporting the presentation and touring of the work of a number independent artists as part of its Project Artist initiative.


Project Arts Centre is supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council


For further information or interview requests contact or call (086) 0217556


DANNY O’ BRIEN “Who breaks up with Stella?” Plus special guests Fri 18th & Sat 19th November 2016 “Upstairs in Whelan’s”





Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara Ó Briain – Danny was hand-picked this year to perform as part of the iconic “Best of The Edinburgh Fest” Show and has just returned from Australia touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. After selling out Whelan’s last year with his critically acclaimed show “Ah Jaysus!” Danny returns to Whelan’s for two nights only with his brand new solo which has just finished a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! This new show looks at O’ Brien’s unique take on performing down under, being forced to do a show in Gaelic, the worst Tinder date in history, living life, losing love and the question everyone needs an answer to… “Who breaks up with Stella?”


Danny has been performing stand-up comedy for over seven years, playing regularly at top comedy clubs and festivals to worldwide audiences, as well as being the resident host and owner of The Comedy Crunch in Dublin, one of Ireland’s most successful comedy clubs. With his friendly, anecdotal style, this Irish charmer draws in an audience and brings on the big laughs with ease.


He performed his first solo show at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival to rave reviews and scooped the title of “Dublin’s Funniest Comedian” at the prestigious Stand Up For FM104 that same year. In 2013 Danny took part in Irish TV show The RTE Comedy Awards and released his first comedy album on iTunes as part of the Irish Underground Comedy Show. He also beat sixteen of Ireland’s best up-and-coming acts to take the coveted Toilet Duck Award at Tedfest, the now-famous Father Ted celebration.

In 2014 Danny performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with his second solo show ‘Back To The Hills!’ and had a hugely successful sold-out run, returning in 2015 with ‘Ah Jaysus!’, performing another triumphant run to full houses followed by shows in Ireland, the UK and Europe and appearances at The Forbidden Fruit Festival, Longitude Festival, and Vodafone Comedy Festivals.


In addition to his fourth solo show at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival Danny was asked to perform as part of this year’s “AAA Stand-Up” (total sell-out from 2005-2015) at The Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh as well as The Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, Latitude Comedy Festival (UK), BugJam Festival (UK), The Vodafone Comedy Festival, Ravlóid (Irish speaking) Festival, Electric Picnic, The Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Aberdeen Comedy Festival as well as a host of International shows in Berlin, Barcelona, Brussels, Malmö, Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. He also appeared on The Comedy Central Show “Brexit at Tiffany’s” which will be aired on Comedy Central Australia on Foxtel next month.




“O’ Brien took to the stage like a force of nature…one suspects it won’t be too much longer before stadiums come calling” (The Examiner ****)


“A perfect mix of brains, banter and brilliance!” (Great Scott ****)


“Danny is destined for stardom!” (The Laughter Lounge)


Tickets from €12 on sale now from WAV Box Office 1890 200078



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VODAFONE COMEDY CARNIVAL GALWAY Full programme revealed!  



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The line-up for the Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway has just been announced and the week-long event is set to keep Galway roaring with laughter.  It’s time to step right up and ride this comedy carousel which is set to consume the city this October Bank Holiday weekend. The 2016 Vodafone Comedy Carnival runs as part of Vodafone’s Centre Stage programme and will see the return of the iconic Spiegeltent to Eyre Square accompanied by its brand new sister venue ‘The Red Box’.

The Vodafone Comedy Carnival runs over 7 days from Tues Oct 25th to Mon Oct 31st and comedy fans can look forward to over sixty shows within the programme.

Tickets on sale now through and via OMG, Shop Street, Galway.

Festival organisers searched far and wide to fill the ‘Eyre’ with laughter to bring the funniest acts on the planet to what has always been acknowledged but only recently proclaimed as Ireland’s cultural capital, Galway. From home grown ringmaster Tommy Tiernan to Edinburgh award nominee Al Porter to Manchester megastar Jason Manford and the planet’s best one-liner man, Milton Jones – this week-long funny fest will not disappoint.

For comedy fans who like some musical accompaniment with their humour, acts like David O’Doherty, The Dan Band from The Hangover and Old School movies, The Rubberbandits Halloween hullabaloo and the hip hop improv of Abandoman will provide a musical spectacle throughout the festival in the city of the tribes.

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the hit improv comedy show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ will be joining Stephen Frost’s Improv All Stars for the weekend and also performing what they say is ‘the longest running international improv show on planet earth’ – The Colin & Brad show. Police Academy sound effects genius Michael Winslow will splutter into town in his 80’s reg clown car. America’s Got Talent’s The Boy With Tape On His Face still hasn’t shut up about his appearance.

Ireland’s, if not the world’s, best sketch group Foil Arms and Hog, and the superb Pajama Men will be getting their sketch on during the festival along with Today FM duo Dermot and Dave who will bring their brand new live show to the west.

Add world class silliness from PJ Gallagher, Jason Byrne, Sam Simmons, Paul Currie and Lords of Strut to superb stand up from a stellar line-up of comic geniuses Aisling Bea, Sofie Hagen, Joe Lycett, Andrew Maxwell, Joe DeRosa, Tom Stade, Glenn Wool, David McSavage, along with Jonathan Pie and the celebrated Shazia Mirza performing ‘the bravest piece of comedy you will ever see’ and now you’ve got a festival worthy of an aspiring European Capital of Culture.

Bring on 2020. It’s time to send in the clowns!

Festival Director Kevin Healy said ‘We’ve worked hard to deliver a top notch comedy programme with something for everyone. We would especially like to thank Galway City Council for allowing us to build our festival hub in Eyre Square and to squeeze in a new venue – The Red Box. My hope is that anyone making their first trip to Galway, be they customers or performers, get to experience some of the magic that residents and regular visitors feel so intensely. I’d also like to express my gratitude to our main sponsors Vodafone whose outstanding commitment to live comedy is remarkable and allows us to put on such a great show. Simply put, the Comedy Carnival wouldn’t exist without them.

Robert Hyland, Senior Sponsorship and Brand Engagement Manager, Vodafone Ireland commented, “The Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway has been such a success over the years and we are delighted to be involved once again as part of Vodafone’s Centre Stage programme. The Comedy Carnival is one of the highlights of the country’s entertainment calendar and with the high calibre of comedians performing this year, teamed with the brilliant atmosphere in Galway city, the Vodafone Comedy Carnival is the must attend event of the Autumn.”

For full details of The Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway line-up and programme information visit



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The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is delighted to announce that this year’s programme is now live on our website. Check out the array of cracking International and home-grown talent which will take place in Kilkenny over this June Bank Holiday weekend. Click here for more

Highlights include debuts from our first Russian comic at the festival, Igor Meerson One of GQ’s ‘Five new faces of Russian humour’ another debut act, Adam Hess definitely “One-To-Watch” he joins the line-up as well as the fabulous Tiff Stevenson who was one of the best reviewed shows at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Birmingham’s Joe Lycett fresh from his Chortle’s Best Show Award of 2016 will be there! Nish Kumar who has received a plethora of brilliant reviews earning him a spot in the Top Ten of Channel Dave’s “Ten Funniest Jokes on the Fringe”. Also don’t miss Shazia Mirza with topical show “The Kardashian’s Made Me Do it” about being a Muslim woman in the UK.

As well as new acts we have our festival firm favourites including Maeve Higgins who

Will be flying in from New York especially to perform her first stand-up in Ireland in nearly a year! As always, this year’s line-up brings together the best in Irish comedy including David O’Doherty, Al Porter, Deirdre O’Kane who will be performing her new solo show, Barry Murphy, Andrew Maxwell, PJ Gallagher, Bernard O’Shea, Jason Byrne, Karl Spain,  Neil Delamere, Sean Hughes, Foil Arms & Hog, Eleanor Tiernan, Eric Lalor, Chris Kent, and rising stars Waterford Whispers News and Joanne McNally.

Our international list includes The Last Leg’s host Adam Hills, Manc favourite Jason Manford, Reginald D. Hunter with his brand new show Aluminum Negro, Canada’s finest

Glen Wool, the grouchy dead-pan genius that is Rich Hall, Dom Irrera will be there with Uncle Dom’s Fireside Chat and many many more.

What better way to round off the weekend than going to Races!

Cat Laugh Goes To The Races with host Hector and Waterford Whispers News will be live and dangerous at Gowran Park Racecourse on Monday, June 6th, presenting live coverage and commentary together with many other comedians.

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