The Classic, Auckland

24/04/2010 - 01/05/2010

San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba St, Wellington

03/05/2010 - 08/05/2010

NZ International Comedy Festival 2010

Production Details

Irishman Jarlath Regan has a good ‘craic’ at the NZ International Comedy Festival  
One of the rising stars on the Irish comedy circuit and the Edinburgh Fringe returns to NZ following a brief appearance in the 2009 TV2 Christmas Comedy Gala for his debut season at the annual NZ International Comedy Festival.
During a period as an advertising account executive Jarlath Regan became disillusioned and decided to try his hand at comedy. After winning a place in the 2004 final of the BBC and Channel 4 new comedy awards he began gigging around Ireland in small bars, pubs, community halls and hay barns. After a while he was asked to support people like Ardal O’Hanlon and David O’Doherty. Not emotionally but by doing a short set before they went on stage.
Within two years of quitting his day job Regan’s original brand of observational humour and twisted greeting cards have made him a firm favourite among comedy anoraks. The wave of support for his new age comedy has been growing in momentum for some time.
Hot Press calls him “Brilliant. The best young talent in Dublin”
The Metro describes his performance as “side-splitting stuff…causing near hysteria in the room”
The Irish Times refers to him as “comic genius”.
While in New Zealand, Jarlath Regan will perform a ‘best of’ his acclaimed solo shows from the 2007,2008 and 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
Dates: Sat 24 & Mon 26 April – Sat 1 May, 7pm
Venue: Classic, 321 Queen St, City
Tickets: Adults $26, Conc. & Groups 10+ $22 
Bookings: Ticketek, 0800 TICKETEK, www.ticketek.co.nz / www.comedy.co.nz
Show duration: 1 hour
Dates: Mon 3 – Sat 8 May, 7pm
Venue: San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba St, City
Tickets: Adults $26, Conc. & Groups 10+ $22
Bookings: Ticketek, 0800 TICKETEK, www.ticketek.co.nz
Show duration: 1 hour 


Entertaining and good natured

Review by Jackson Coe 04th May 2010

Have Irish comedians always been this popular, or am I just a little slow on the uptake? With Maeve Higgins opening at BATS tonight and Jimeoin’s stellar show at the Opera House last week, you’d think they’d be running out of exports faster than a provincial rugby match. But apparently there’s still plenty more to come, as we saw at Jarlath Regan’s opening at the San Francisco Bathhouse last night, at what is only the second week of a very successful Comedy Festival thus far.

Intelligent and well-mannered, Jarlath seems the kind of approachable dude you could imagine having a beer with (and no, that’s not just because he’s Irish). He has a way about him which is friendly, sincere and instantly believable. Never feeling forced or fake, he has the skill needed to set us at ease and give us a good evening of entertainment.

Hailing from the opposite side of the globe, it’s no surprise that Jarlath has a lot to say on the cultural differences between our two islands. He’s a bit askew in thinking that we hate the front seat of taxis, but he hits our national pride spot on when he starts cracking jokes about our can-do attitude… although does the world actually still think that about New Zealand and sheep?

Jarlath isn’t only fixated on the differences between our nations though. He’s most in stride when he’s riffing on everyday experience. Where a comic like Steve Wrigley hinges his material on a wacky or unusual event, Jarlath’s cornerstone becomes the everyday of technology, marriage and gender, and judging by the warm reception on opening night it seems our nations are not so different after all. 

Sure, he’s got some great yarns about prison gigs and his Barbados honeymoon and a zany slide-show early on is quite funny, but what I appreciate most about Regan is his knack for staying with us, for keeping on our level and not casting the show above our heads. 

Entertaining and good natured, Jarlath Regan is well worth your time.
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