laughing matters presents from belfast
tuesday 17 & wed 18 may 2005
Colin Murphy is the premier Northern Irish comedian working. His distinct fusion of edgy ‘in your face’ topical satire, with acute observational material, make him a highly original and much sought after performer.
As regular MC at Belfast ’s infamous ‘Empire’ comedy club, Colin has deservedly earned himself a reputation as a force to be reckoned with. Always armed with a razor sharp wit, his turn over of material is nothing short of prolific.
As a formally trained actor, and founder member of the ‘Sightlines’ Theatre Company, Colin has appeared in countless theatre productions including ‘Twelfth Night’ (as Sir Toby Belch) and as Gottleib in ‘ Auschwitz ’. The latter part earning him a nomination for ‘Best Actor’ at the ISDA awards.
However it is his barn storming comedy routines which have brought him directly into the public eye, including a sell-out breathtaking runs at the 1999-2002 and 2004 Edinburgh Festivals - earning him huge critical and industry acclaim. 2002 saw Colin headline shows in New York, Boston, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brussels – and the acclaimed, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Colin returned to Edinburgh this year (after a year’s sabbatical to film 5 TV series!) with a brand new solo show, Miraculous.
“Explosive, roof raising comedy. Watch this man’s name – he’s going to be huge” IN DUBLIN MAGAZINE
“Observational humour at its very best, impeccable delivered by this extremely talented, loveable rogue” THE LIST
“Multi-talented and hilarious. Refreshingly original and honest – a true ‘find’. THE TIMES
“…superb…skilful mimicry…a crescendo performance…an enormous future awaits” THE STAGE
“…the kind of powerfully, genuinely charismatic comic talent for whom the most obvious comparison is a younger Billy Connolly….. …sharp observational routines and an interaction with the audience that many higher profile comics could only aspire to…” THE SCOTSMAN