Irish stand-up comedian and TV host Dara O’Briain is one of the most recognizable faces on the UK comedy scene. Having established himself on the circuit with his observational stories and quick wit, O’Briain has gone on to become one of the country’s leading panel show hosts, making a name for himself on ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’.
Following his university studies, which also saw him work with the university newspaper and become the winner of the Irish Times National Debating Championship, O’Briain began his career in television on the Irish station RTÉ. He then started performing stand-up comedy across the country and in the UK.
A regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, O’Briain also made the bill at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs. 2005 saw his show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival become the biggest-selling solo comedy show. O’Briain has since performed numerous tours across the UK, performing to over 225,000 people in 2010 and headlining shows at the Theatre Royal and Hammersmith Apollo in London. O’Briain has also been featured in shows around the world including Dubai, Paris, Adelaide, New York and Shanghai.
As a television presenter, O’Briain has become famous for presenting ‘Mock the Week’ since 2005. The show, which has also seen many of the UK’s top comedians perform, has become one of the top satire and current events comedy shows in the country. O’Briain also received widespread praise for his work on ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’ from 2010 to 2014 as well as appearances on ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’, ‘QI’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’.
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