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Gigging for a living

Going Out

Cory Kilbane

From Copenhagen to Claremorris and from Bangkok to Castlebar, Danny O’Brien’s (pictured) career as a comedian has been an incredible journey so far.
The Wicklow native is currently touring South East Asia and is due to perform his latest show ‘RaconTour’ on November 30 in the Town Hall Theatre in Westport.
“I try to push myself to gig in different countries that I haven’t before, like what I’m doing with the South East Asia tour,” he told The Mayo News last week.
“By doing that it makes it really rewarding to be gigging at home. It makes you really appreciate gigging in front of an Irish audience.”
The 34 year old has strong connections with Mayo as his grandfather lives in Claremorris. Having grown up in Wicklow, his time spent in Mayo was limited in earlier years, but he now spends a lot of time in his ancestral home as he is involved in the Castlebar Comedy Club.
“I come to Mayo quite a bit now as I’m involved with the Castlebar Comedy Club. We’ve done six shows since we set up and every single one of them has been sold out. They’ve been selling out a month in advance so it’s been incredible,” he said.

The journey
Having returned home from Australia at the beginning of the economic crisis, Danny found himself out of a job and seeking employment.
“I sort of started doing open mic nights and that’s when I got into it. It was more local gigs … anywhere at all where you could get a set and it went from there.
“I found it extremely nerve-wracking at the start. But you know it’s the same as anything, the more you do it the easier it gets. I think this year in Edinburgh, I did nearly 100 gigs at the Edinburgh Fringe in three and a half weeks,” he outlined.
“It’s one of those things you kind of have to keep gigging a lot to stay sharp ’cause you’ll notice if you take your foot off the gas.”
After a hectic year which has seen Danny travel across the world, he plans to keep the show on the road in 2018 by touring his latest show from January to May with a five week tour of Australia in between.

Tickets for Danny’s performance of ‘RaconTour’ in Westport on November 30 are available on his website at www.dannyobriencomedy.com or they can also be purchased at www.westporttheatre.com.
Full price tickets cost €15 and concessionary tickets are available at €12.

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