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Comedian Chris Kent returns to Castlebar

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‘HILARIOUS’ Rebel County funny man Chris Kent.

Award-winning Cork comedian Chris Kent returns to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar with his sixth solo show, ‘Looking Up’, on Thursday, March 14, at 8pm.
Trading in self-deprecating observational humour, Kent first emerged onto the Irish comedy scene in 2009 after winning the Bulmers Nuttin’ But Funny competition. In 2010, he made his debut at one of Ireland’s biggest comedy festivals in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens. His compelling storytelling then went on to win him the Comedy Smack Down Award at the Galway Comedy Festival later that year.
He quickly established himself on the Irish circuit, and was sought out to open for some of his favourite acts, including Dylan Moran, David O’ Doherty, PJ Gallagher and Neil Delamare.
In 2012, Kent was listed as ‘One To Watch’ in The Dubliner Magazine’s Red Hot and Rising slot, and he went on to appear at the prestigious Cat Laughs festival in Kilkenny. He was also voted one of the Top Five Irish Comedians by Hot Press Magazine in 2013.
Since then he has played Conor McSweeney’s dad in the hit series The Young Offenders, featured in numerous TV and Radio shows in both Ireland and the UK, and successfully toured four shows. He brought his fifth, ‘Moving On’, to the Glasgow International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe in March 2017, and it was an instant hit with the critics. The Mirror’s reviewer gave Kent’s comedy five stars, saying: “Original hilarious material … Among the best acts I’ve seen.”
In January 2018, he brought ‘Moving On’ to The Linenhall, and the critics were proved correct: His comic material – drawn from his decision to move to the UK, and becoming a dad for the first time – went down a storm.
Now he’s back, and Looking Up promises to have audiences in stitches once again. According to himself, he has spent the past year balancing comedy with being a stay-at-home dad and trying to grow a beard. He also says he has removed the word ‘mate’ from his vocabulary, as it takes too much effort to say in an Irish accent.